From: The Salt Lake Tribune
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Political Cornflakes
Date: Tue Mar 11 12:02:36 MDT 2014

Political Cornflakes | By The Salt Lake Tribune

Unlike the old guard, young Republicans fine with gay marriage. Lawmakers reject Speaker Lockhart's ed funding plan. Herbert signs Count My Vote compromise.

Happy Tuesday. While Republicans have made a push to keep marriage between a man and a woman, their younger supporters don't think it's that big of a deal. A new poll shows some 60 percent of GOP voters age 18-29 are fine with same-sex marriage. Even more among that group supported allowing gay couples to raise children. [Politico]

Topping the news: Legislative leaders have agreed to a budget without any funds for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's $200 million proposal to put more technology in schools . [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy] [KUER] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> The Senate passed a proposal to expand Medicaid that would also give Gov. Gary Herbert the power to negotiate a better deal with the feds. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13] [APviaKUTV] [ABC4] [UtahPolicy]

-> Herbert signed the comprise election reform bill to preserve Utah's caucus systems and create a second path for candidates to get on a primary ballot by collecting signatures. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

Tweet of the day: From @Ry_Cunningham: "I loved that Grover book when I was four, but no one told me it was about balanced budgets. Thanks @kraigpowell."

Happy Birthday: To National Press Club's Sarahanne Driggs.

On the Hill: Three more days and counting. Today's schedule [Trib]

-> Proposals to raise gas and property taxes, both which passed the Senate, will not be heard in the House. [Trib]

-> The House passed legislation allowing Utah to have the first presidential primary in 2016 and all the voting would be online. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]

-> The House killed a proposal to put limits on campaign donations. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Legislation creating an Election Day voter registration pilot program passed the House. [Trib] [UtahPolicy]

-> A proposal providing standards and protections for bars that install Breathalyzers passed the House. [Trib] [Herald] [KUTV]

-> The Senate gave its nod to a bill that would ban texting or using a cell phone while driving unless making a phone call or using GPS. [UtahPolicy]

-> The House agreed to a bill clarifying that carrying a gun by itself does not constitute disorderly conduct. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Legislation to overhaul the state court system was shelved and sent to be studied. [Trib]

-> The House rejected a resolution calling for a constitutional convention to adopt a federal balanced budget amendment. [Trib] [UtahPolicy]

-> The Senate passed legislation putting more restrictions on what people can do on their phones while they drive. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUTV]

-> The House passed a proposal adding a second written test before new drivers can get their license. [Trib]

-> State lawmakers are again looking at getting rid of constitutional notes on legislation -- which have been pesky annoyances when trying to fight the feds. [UtahPolicy]

-> The session is wrapping up, but lawmakers still have many clean air bills left to consider. [DNews] [Fox13][KUTV] [ABC4]

-> Legislation awaiting action on the Senate floor would make electric vehicles a more viable option in Utah. [Trib]

-> Legislation to fix the state-administered fund for cleaning up after leaky underground petroleum tanks passed the House. [Trib]

-> The House killed a bill to put a tax break on premium cigars in order to discourage smokers from purchasing them from out-of-state. [Trib]

-> The House passed legislation to give a tax credit to employers if they hire someone who is homeless. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Senate passed a bill to create an anonymous, statewide school safety tip line. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The House passed a proposal allowing the state school board to punish schools that go around the board's back to get money from the federal government. [Trib]

-> The House passed legislation disallowing schools from asking students if their parents own guns. [DNews]

-> A lawmaker is going to try to revive a proposal to start an interstate compact for sharing information putative fathers. [DNews]

-> The House passed a bill ensuring that small towns remember to hold elections. [APviaKUTV]

-> The winners of the Students Who Care About Air Clean Air Anti-Idling competition were honored on the Hill. [DNews]

In other news: SLC Mayor Ralph Becker and three city council members are in Washington for the Congressional City Conference hosted by the National League of Cities. [Trib]

-> Cottonwood Heights is buying land to build a City Hall after years of renting space. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Russia's threat to America's European allies. [Trib]

Nationally: Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have a plan to bring order and actual debate back to the Senate, and it might actually work. [WaPost]

-> Some 26 Senate Democrats pulled all-nighter to talk about climate change -- even though the Democrats control the chamber and can call up legislation if they wanted. [NYTimes]

-> The Senate unanimously passed a measure to change how the military handles sexual assault cases. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with the National Association of Postal Supervisors, holds staff meetings and votes in the evening.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Bob Smith and hits a speech preparation with Marty Carpenter.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox meets with legislators and hits a Legislative Strategy Meeting.
  • President Barack Obama designates the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, attends a DNC event in New York City and speaks at a DSCC event before returning to Washington.

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Political Cornflakes is compiled by The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington bureau. Photo by Scott Sommerdorf; Cartoon by Pat Bagley.

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