Morning Buzz

Since we’re unable to ignore the buzz this week around the feral cat bill in the House Judiciary Committee, we have a must see video of another cat problem that as Stephen Colbert points out, is potentially a threat to national security. Watch this:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Enemy Within – Caboodle Ranch
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We want to give a shout out to some of our “in House” bloggers. Blogging and social media are great ways to communicate with constituents and we are happy to see the growing number of House members using social media. Here are a few blogs to follow, we’ll have more to follow throughout the session.:

Representative Becky Edwards (R-North Salt Lake, District 20)

Representative Holly Richardson (R-Pleasant Grove, District 57)

Representative Jim Nielson (R-Bountiful, District 19)

We’ll have more to follow throughout the session.

Representative Brad Dee (R-Ogden, District 11)

Today: Rep. Steve Sandstrom’s Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act is on the agenda in the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee. Yesterday, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom announced modifications to his bill on state enforcement of federal immigration laws, giving police more discretion with people picked up for minor offenses.

* A House committee has rejected a bid by Rep. Brad Daw to convince the Legislature to call for a national convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Under Article V of the Constitution, a majority of the states can initiate such a convention. The amendment that Daw, R-Orem, supports would make it impossible for Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit.

* Rep. Holly Richardson blogged on the bill

* A bill designed to lure more movie companies to shoot films in Utah was passed out of a House committee Thursday. The House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee unanimously passed HB99, with a provision that would increase a tax rebate for movie productions from 20 to 25 percent. The bill now heads to the House for debate.