Daily Fix, May 10

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*A Utah district court has granted a temporary restraining order on HB497, which requires police to verify a person’s immigration status if arrested for a serious crime, on claims by the ACLU that the law could foster racial profiling. SL Trib A hearing on the injunction is set for July 14, and the law will remain stayed until then.

*351 new laws went into effect this morning. SL Trib Schools will now receive grades, school buses may have ads on their sides, and school districts can’t lay off teachers based on seniority. Also, you don’t want to leave your child alone in a car in hot or cold weather, July 4 celebrations may include more spectacular shows, and UDOT will receive oversight before paying out large settlements. You can find a list of all 351 laws here.

*Despite a “news” story stating otherwise, the Utah Redistricting Committee will not be considering the legitimacy of the Utah caucus/convention system. Senate Site Blog

*After 17 years in prison, Debra Brown was found factually innocent of the murder of Lael Brown by a court that heard new evidence under a 2008 state statute that allows challenges to convictions based on new facts. SL Trib Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is not appealing.

*The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard more than two hours of arguments today on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. AP The three-judge panel was chosen at random by computer and consisted of 2 Obama-appointees and 1 Clinton appointee. Audio of the two cases can be heard here and here.

*Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced that they are “amicably separating” after 25 years of marriage. CNN Maybe he’ll be back.

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2 Responses to “Daily Fix, May 10”

  1. Mark Steele Says:

    I find it interesting that the Republican delegates who have been angry about HB116 because they feel it is unconstitutional, have said nothing about 497, which because of its implementation date is actually the first to be stayed because of potential constitutional conflicts

  2. JJL9 Says:

    Mark, keep in mind that there are two different issues at hand.

    One is whether or not a bill is actually unconstitutional.

    The other is whether or not the bill is likely to be challenged on constitutional grounds.

    By the way, I happen to be a Republican delegate (well, I was a delegate until the Craig Frank-D57 fiasco) that supports 116 and opposes 497.

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