Morning Buzz: February 25, 2014

Yesterday, the House Business and Labor Committee passed out HB141, which creates a Utah alternative to federal Medicaid expansion. The bill would extend coverage to families with dependents and those deemed “medically frail”. The first substitute of HB141 is found here, and the committee hearing is available to listen to.

The House Economic Development Committee passed HCR8, unanimously out of committee on Monday. HCR8 would show legislative support in moving the state prison from its current location in Draper.

The sponsor of HCR8, Rep. Brad Wilson, spoke with the Tribune about the prison move. It’s a 3 minute video which provides a good look at why this move is needed and what the next steps are.

On Monday, the House passed a bill which would allow more flexibility to get out of debt for those who take out payday loans. The bill, HB127, would, after a certain period of time, stop interest from being compounded, to allow a borrower the ability to pay off the loan. It now moves onto the Senate. The Tribune has more.

On the floor yesterday morning, Congressman Chaffetz was the last of Utah’s delegation to provide his yearly address, viewable here.

In Monday’s Q&A, the Speaker answered questions regarding revenue number (available Friday), alternative plans to Medicaid expansion, as well as transportation funding.

Reps in the News

Deseret News: Rep. Craig Hall is sponsoring a bill that would penalize those who submit campaign finance reports late.