Morning Buzz: March 4, 2014

The Government Operations Committee passed out the second substitute of Senate Bill 54, which contains the language negotiated between members of the legislaure and the Count My Vote initiative. The bill, if passed, would create a dual-track election system in Utah, beginning in 2016. We’ve got an explanation on what the bill does, and also the committee hearing from Monday morning.

The House Medicaid plan passed through a committee yesterday. HB401 now moves onto the full House for debate. Read more details from the Deseret News.

A resolution that grants legislative approval to move the Stericycle plant in North Salt Lake, passed the House unanimously. HJR6, sponsored by Rep. Hughes, now moves onto the Senate. The plant is looking for a move to Tooele County.

HB105 went through 7 substitutes before finally arriving on the House floor. The bill would allow for imported cannioid oil to treat people who suffer from epilepsy. However, it would require approval from a Utah Department of Health board-certified neurologist in order for a person to receive a waiver to obtain the oil. Fox 13 was there. The bill now moves onto the Senate.

In lighter news, Olympic medialist Steven Holcomb visited the House yesterday. The three-time medalist is a champion bobsledder in 2- and 4-man. More pics behind the scenes to come. 🙂

Leadership’s Q&A primarily focused on the Count My Vote initiative, and the agreement that has been worked out. Watch it below.

Reps in the News

Salt Lake Tribune: A bill that protects a person’s electronic data from being collected without a search warrant passed the House yesterday, 71-2. Read more about the bill and how it aims to protect your data.

Deseret News: HB228 passed the Education Committee yesterday. The bill would allow for state school board races to be partisan.

Also, if you happen to see Rep. Handy, be sure to wish him a happy birthday!