Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz

Congratulations to House Minority Leader David Litvack, and all those cheese heads out there.

* A Salt Lake City native has won $1 million after a commercial he directed topped the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter.

The Deseret News reports the “Pug Attack” Doritos ad that aired at the beginning of the Super Bowl was created by J.R. Burningham, who graduated from Alta High School and attended the University of Utah.

If you haven’t seen the Pug Attack — Crash the Super Bowl Doritos Finalist

* Rep. Brad Daw was featured on KSL’s Sunday Edition with Bruce Lindsay. The Utah House passed HB 211 on Feb. 2. The bill calls for a pilot program to put people who receive Medicaid to work on community service projects. Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove, R-Garland, sponsored the bill. “We need to find ways to try to have folks on Medicaid give something back to their community, and find a way to return some of those costs back to the community.” -Rep. Bradley Daw, R-Orem

We are hearing a lot of buzz about immigration bills this session, we are finally getting a look at the details of those bills. Billy Hesterman of the Daily Herald gives a rundown of the current immigration bills that have been filed this session.  Tracking immigration: Bills in work

HB 70

Sponsored by: Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem

Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act — This bill would enact the “Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act,” which, among other things, would require that an officer verify the immigration status of a detained or arrested person upon reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal alien.

HB 116

Sponsored by: Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden

Guest Worker Program Act — This bill would modify the Utah Workforce Services Code to establish a guest worker program that provides for the issuance of permits to undocumented individuals.

HB 165

Sponsored by: Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo

State Reimbursement for Required Medical Services Act — This bill would modify the Utah Health Code to provide for state reimbursement of required medical services provided to an individual not lawfully present in the United States and to seek repayment of the money from the federal government.

HB 253

Sponsored by: Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo

Employment of Unauthorized Aliens — This bill would modify provisions related to labor to address verification of an individual’s eligibility under federal law to be employed.

SB 41

Sponsored by: Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City

Health Amendments for Legal Immigrant Children — This bill would amend the Medical Assistance Act and the Utah Children’s Health Insurance Act to provide Medicaid coverage and health insurance coverage to a legal immigrant child, regardless of the length of time that the child has been in the United States.

SB 60

Sponsored by: Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City

Pilot Accountability Permit Program and Identity Related Amendments — This bill would require undocumented immigrants over the age of 14 to register to receive an accountability card, which would need to be renewed every two years. The card would require fingerprints, photographs and criminal background checks on those applying, and 160 hours of English and civics classes paid for by those wishing to obtain the card. The card also would require holders to pay income taxes and prohibit the holders from receiving unemployment benefits or any social or public welfare benefits.


Sponsored by: Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden

Joint Resolution — Immigration — This joint resolution would strongly urge Congress to resolve immigration policy issues or give states the authority to address these issues within their own borders.

* Rep. Brad Dee pens an editorial on immigration in the Standard Examiner.

For better or worse, this year’s hottest hot topic at the Legislature appears to be immigration. This issue has simmered for many years, sometimes hitting boiling points such as when the state instituted a requirement that undocumented immigrants receive a driving privilege card rather than a drivers’ license a few years ago. Illegal immigration could be more easily addressed at the federal level, but unfortunately, the federal government lacks the courage and political leadership to do so, leaving the issue to the states to handle as they may.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, sponsored a bill where clinics that offer abortions during a woman’s first or second trimester would be inspected twice a year.

* Rep. Bill Wright wants to exempt food grown and consumed in Utah from federal regulation (Tribune).

“Within the state, it’s state’s rights. We already have regulations over those items,” Wright said in an interview. “We function well now. We don’t think they have a right or authority to regulate those items that are not interstate commerce, as long as they’re grown within the state, packaged in the state and remain in the state.”

Today’s Legislative Schedule February 7th, 2011