Morning Buzz: February 19, 2014

House Bill 70, Forcible Entry Amendments, was substituted and unanimously passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would amend how certain search warrants are conducted. See the differences between the original and the substitute. We also have a brief write-up about the original, to give you a better grasp.

In caucus yesterday, Rep. Sanpei unveiled a two year, $30 million plan to cover some of the state’s uninsured. The plan would help those who fall below the poverty line gain coverage, as well as to families and those in dire need. The Daily Herald has more from the meeting.

Rep. Brad Wilson presented HB356. The bill would create tax credits and other incentives for a hotelier to build meeting space and a hotel near the Salt Palace Convention Center. The House Economic Development Committee held a hearing yesterday, in which the bill passed through.

Today, Sen. Lee will speak to the House at 10:!5. Stay tuned for that, we’re sure there will be some fun questions.

In Health and Human Services, Rep. Ray’s HB112 will be debated. The bill would regulate electronic cigarettes, particularly access to minors, in the state.

Also be sure to watch for the Executive Appropriations Committee, beginning at 4pm.

Members of leadership answered questions in the daily availability, responding to questions about Medicaid and HB131. We’ll be holding another one at 1:45pm today. You can watch on YouTube.

Congressman Chris Stewart gave his annual briefing to the House yesterday. The Deseret News has a recap.

Reps in the News

Tribune: The Speaker went on TribTalk to answer questions about HB131, the Public Education Modernization Act, which would build out infrastructure in schools to be WiFi capable, as well as provide each student in the state with a device.

Deseret News: Rep. Christofferson is proposing a bill to privatize four golf courses. The bill can be found here.

Tribune video: Rep. Edwards speaks to the Tribune about her bill which would allow the Department of Air Quality to make pollution regulations tighter than some federal standards.

We’ve made it halfway through. Feel free to congratulate yourself.

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