Morning Buzz: February 24, 2014

Friday morning, HB128, Electronic Device Location Amendments, passed the Public Utilities and Technology Committee unanimously. It now heads to the House floor. We’ve got you covered for more information. The bill has been substituted, so take a look at the main differences.

This morning, the House Economic Development Committee is looking at HCR8, a resolution providing support from the Legislature to moving the state prison currently in Draper.

Following up on that, in Thursday’s caucus meeting, we took a position to support the moving of the Utah State Prison from its current location in Draper. Rep. Wilson has two resolutions that support the move, HJR19, and HCR8. The Deseret News has some more details.

We’ll be on the floor twice today, beginning at 10, and again at 2. We’ll be debating such exciting topics as air quality, voting records, and search warrants. To keep score at home, here’s where to go.

On Friday, the House Investigative Committee held another meeting, releasing hundreds of emails and discussing legislation addressing campaign finance reform. Majority Leader Dee told the Deseret News, “things are going to be different from this time forward.”

Former Speaker of the House and current Congressman Rob Bishop dressed in his atypical suit and spoke to the full House on Friday. KUER has a recap.

Congressman Matheson came to speak to us on Friday about his views on the past year in Washington, including the government shutdown. You can watch his address here, or read more from the Deseret News.

It was a short one, but here’s leadership’s daily Q&A.

Reps in the News

Deseret News: A bill that would allow the use of cannibas extract for children who suffer from epilepsy passed the Law Enforcement Committee on Friday. HB105, sponsored by Rep. Froerer, now moves on to the full House after a vote of 8-2.

Tribune: HB121, would allow state regulators to place more strigent control on pollution standards than currently allowed by the EPA. This bill moves onto the full House.