No veto override session in 2015 [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2015 NO VETO OVERRIDE SESSION IN 2015 SALT LAKE CITY –  Today, Utah legislative leaders announced that they will not convene a veto override session in 2015.  Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser issued the following joint statement: “We respect the diligent, careful work of the 2015 Session and the sacrifices made by both legislators and staff.  While we don’t agree with every veto, a poll of our members shows the House and Senate are ready to forgo the time…

Countdown: The “Three Amigos” of the House

As our countdown continues, the 3rd to the last day of the 2015 session focuses on the “Three Amigos” of House Leadership. First, Speaker Greg Hughes. At the end of his first session, it has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, with a number of significant bills and not insignificant differences of opinion. Speaker Hughes comes from a scrappy Philadelphia background and his “fighter” instincts have been on display this session. He has been willing to take punches for the body and they, in return, have his back. (He’s also…

Did Utah Legislative Dems Miss A Chance on Healthy Utah?

The Utah House will take up Healthy Utah, sending both it and an alternative House plan (“Utah Cares,” or HB 446) to the House Business and Labor Committee. It’s not fertile ground for Healthy Utah to take root in the House. A more welcoming reception would have been the Health and Human Services Committee. Did House Democrats miss an opportunity? When Rules addressed what committee should take the bills (SB 164 and HB 446), neither Democratic Representatives Susan Duckworth nor Brad King made a motion to send the bills to Health and Human Services, where…