Buzz: GOP facing an X Chromosome Deficit in the House

Unless there is a dramatic shift in the political landscape, next year will see only two Republican women in the Utah House of Representatives. With Speaker Becky Lockhart retiring at the end of the session, presumably to begin a run for the Governor’s office, and Representative Ronda Menlove announcing on Wednesday that she will not seek reelection, the House will be down to just Representative Becky Edwards of North Salt Lake and Representative Dana Layton of Orem. Rumors are swirling that Layton will face a challenge from former Representative Brad…

HB277 Music Therapy Licensing

And the award for the most meaningless licensing bill of 2014 goes to . . . HB277, which would create a non-mandatory, unnecessary, and duplicative state “certification” for music therapy.  In this case non-mandatory and unnecessary means that you don’t need the state certification to practice music therapy.  Duplicative means that all the state does is confer the “State Certified” title on a music therapist if the therapist is already certified by a third party, such as the Certification Board for Music Therapists. I believe the intentions behind this bill are…