Morning Buzz

* Check out the House Schedule for today: Day 36

* Interesting numbers from a Utah Policy poll: 80% of Utah voters support a Balanced Budget Amendment. Pass the BBA (Balanced Budget Amendment) has released the results of a survey of 600 registered Utah voters. Opinionology, in association with, surveyed Utahn’s attitudes toward a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

According to a press release, Pass the BBA is the leading supporter of a balanced budget amendment, and board member Rep. Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) has led the fight in Utah to pass a resolution instructing the congressional delegation to support BBA proposals. Opinionology is one of the country’s leading survey research firms, and this poll has a possible error margin of plus/minus 4%.

* Ding-Dong the SLCO police fee is dead (in 2 years) Salt Lake County will eliminate its unpopular police fee within two years, under a legislative deal announced Monday. With the law-enforcement levy under attack by legislators who would like to see it erased immediately, the county reached an agreement Monday that would give officials until Dec. 31, 2012, to get rid of a fee that affects unincorporated suburbs such as Kearns, Magna and Millcreek.

* Schools might soon have to report how they’re conducting civic and character education if a bill that passed the House Monday becomes law. The House passed HB269 by a vote of 53-19 on Monday. The bill would require school districts and the state Charter School Board to submit an annual report to the lieutenant governor and Commission of Civic and Character Education on how those topics are integrated into curriculum. The bill says civic and character education in public schools consists of “core principles which reflect the shared values of the citizens of Utah and the founding principles upon which representative democracy in the United States and the state of Utah are based.”

* HB 138 – The Utah House has passed a bill requiring state agencies to plan for a significant reduction in federal funds. Republican Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan says the spiraling national debt will force Congress to cut spending in upcoming years, which will mean a reduction in grant money available to state agencies. Ivory says House Bill 138 would ensure agencies are prepared for that loss of money by accounting for the federal funds they currently receive and planning for the loss of the funds.