BUZZ: Utah Senate Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

With the House Majority caucus (aka “Republicans”) meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion on September 29th, the Senate is getting in on the act, too. In an email from Senate Chief of Staff Ric Cantrell to Senate Republicans,  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Majority Leader Ralph Okerland asked Senate Republicans to attend a meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion, as well as a few other issues that could be addressed during a special session later this year. Email follows. From: Ric Cantrell Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:56 PM To: Senate Republicans Subject: Special Caucus Meeting…

Note Worthy but Not News: Day 1 of the Utah Legislature

Among other events happening yesterday, it was the first day of the 2015 Utah Legislative Session. Here’s a few Capitol Hill happenings that you might have missed if you were only listening for talk of taxes, healthcare, and education funding: State Senate President Wayne Niederhauser sang the girls state fight song from the dais. True story. Two years after appointment to the Utah Senate, Senator Jim Dabakis is in the Minority leadership. On the Majority side of the aisle, Ralph Okerland is Majority Leader, despite two heart attacks in two years.…

ICYMI: Utah Legislature Committee Assignments

Over the last week, the Utah Senate and House have each announced committee assignments for legislators. In case you missed them, here are the committee assignments for the Utah Legislature: Utah Senate Committee Assignments — Standing Committees BUSINESS AND LABOR Curt Bramble, Chair Stuart Adams Gene Davis Deidre Henderson Karen Mayne Ralph Okerlund Todd Weiler ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WORKFORCE SERVICES Aaron Osmond, Chair Jani Iwamoto Scott Jenkins Karen Mayne Ann Millner Ralph Okerlund Jerry Stevenson EDUCATION Ann Millner, Chair Jim Dabakis Mark Madsen Wayne Niederhauser Aaron Osmond Howard Stephenson Jerry…

Utah Legislature Leadership Races and Rumors

Just when you thought elections were over, there are a whole new round of elections–at the Utah Legislature–taking place today. Tonight, the Utah House and Senate will elect their leadership for the next two years. With Speaker Becky Lockhart’s decision not to not run for reelection, the House will be electing a new speaker and a new slate of leadership as everyone attempts to scramble up the chain. In the House there is not a filing deadline, meaning candidates could still jump into the races.  There is a chance the…

From HB477 to the Utah Legislature winning the Online Democracy Award

[UPDATED 8/28/2014 1:25 PM with more links below] Nailed it. This week, Speaker Becky Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser accepted the Online Democracy Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)  on behalf of the Utah Legislature. NCSL recognized the Utah legislative website, le.utah.gov, as Best in the Nation. You know what?They deserve it. The site really is awesome and it makes it possible for anyone with an internet connection to get more information about sausage making legislation and the Utah Legislature than they could possibly consume. After the cachinnations in…