*Representative John Dougall opened a bill file today called the “No Taxation Without Representation” bill. The intent is to waive income tax liability for disenfranchised voters in the north-eastern portion of his district who thought they were in Representative Craig Frank’s district. The bill would waive income tax liability for the last 2 years.
*Rep Rob Bishop nabs a spot on the powerful House rules committee. Bishop served on the transition team as the leader of the working group looking at reforming the rules. He remains the chair of the “National Parks, Forests and Public Lands” subcommittee but lakes a leave of absence from the House Armed Services Committee. Cache Valley Daily
*St George opened their new airport yesterday and the first commercial flight took off. Ground traffic was grid-locked for more than 2 hours. The airport cost roughly $60 million to build, with the majority of that amount coming from the federal government. Deseret News
*Senator Curt Bramble of Provo was hospitalized over the weekend with deep vein thrombosis – blood clots – which can be life-threatening. For now, though, he expects the diagnosis will not slow him down. He expects to be there at the “opening bell” on January 24th, the first day of the legislature. SL Tribune
*Another take on security at the Utah Capitol during the upcoming session. According to Captain Barton Blair, the DPS officer in charge of public safety, there won’t be any drastic changes. SL Trib
*The US House is moving quickly to repeal the 1099 requirement to report all “goods and services” transactions valued over $600 to the IRS. Republicans, Democrats and even the White House are said to support this move. The Hill
*The election for RNC Chair takes place tomorrow. House Speaker John Boehner is endorsing Maria Cino, as does outgoing Utah GOP chair Dave Hansen and National Committeewoman, Enid Mickelsen. National Committeeman Bruce Hough is throwing his support to Reince Priebus. Current chair Michael Steele is likely to be eliminated in the first round of balloting. Politico SL Trib
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