March 2 – Daily Buzz

March 2 – Daily Buzz

Overview of the Day:

Today is the thirty-eighth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The House prayer and pledge were led by guests of Rep. Keith Grover. The prayer was offered by Grisel Zamundio. The pledge was led by Mario Tolayo.

In other news, Jon Heder, better known as Napoleon Dynamite, visited the House of Representatives during afternoon floor time today. Rep. Jeremy Peterson and Heder put on shirts proclaiming the now famous phrase, “Vote for Pedro.” Representatives around the room craned this way and that way to catch a photo of Heder.

The legislators also played a practical joke during Business and Labor Committee. While hearing a bill on motorcycle helmets, Rep. Dunnigan interrupted and said, “Representatives, let’s ride.” The committee members then all put on helmets. It was a funny sight.


AGO and Legislators Execute Search Warrants in Major Statewide Gambling-Device Enterprise

The Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced today that AGO investigators, in a joint operation with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, executed warrants to seize evidence of an alleged statewide enterprise related to illegal gambling machines. The operation identified over an estimated 500 machines or more at over 130 locations across the state.  Tips about illegal gambling devices were reported by Rep. Justin Fawson and Rep. Norm Thurston as well as from other sources.

“I appreciate the Attorney General’s office and the work they’ve done to address concerns that local law enforcement agencies brought to the attention of Representative Thurston and myself,” said Rep. Justin Fawson, District 7. “This was a coordinated effort between local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s office that resulted in bringing down an enterprise that was attempting to skirt the Utah gambling laws.”

“A question was raised whether coin pushers in local convenience stores were legal,” said Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64. “After learning the about the problems these machines create, it was made clear that statewide approach would be necessary to address this issue. Rep. Fawson and I appreciate the cooperation, hard work and response of the Attorney General’s office, investigators and agencies across the state to help resolve this issue.”

Read the full press release here.


Meet a New Representative: Tim Quinn

Rep. Tim Quinn now represents District 54 in Heber City. Rep. Quinn attended Georgia State University. He currently owns a software development company. He has lived in Wasatch County for almost two decades. Rep Quinn has been a wonderful addition to the Utah House of Representatives this year.


Tweets of the Day


Tomorrow’s Legislative Schedule

8:00 AM: House Judiciary Committee
8:00 AM: House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
8:00 AM: House Transportation Committee
8:15 AM: House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
10:00 AM: House Chamber, House Floor Time
2:00 PM: House Chamber, House Floor Time 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
4:10 PM: House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
4:10 PM: House Government Operations Committee
4:10 PM: House Political Subdivisions Committee
4:10 PM: House Revenue and Taxation Committee