A move to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act fails to reach 2/3 majority, the bill to redraw boundaries finally gets some movement, loosening car seat requirements a no-go, and Hatch continues to try and engage the tea party.
*A bill to extend 3 provisions of the Patriot Act failed to meet the threshold of 2/3 to move forward. Democrats were joined by conservative Republicans – including Rob Bishop of Utah – to defeat it. The Hill
*Senator Dan Liljenquist continues to garner attention for the pension reforms passed a year ago and his willingness to tackle Medicaid reform this year. One of the state’s fiscal analysts presented their estimate on cost-savings to the state – $770 million to the state in 7 years. Utah Policy Kansas Reporter
*SB 113, the bill to redraw the boundaries in District 57, finally saw some movement. It was substituted in committee and now includes language that would put into place the checks and balances we need to ensure this type of mistake does not happen again. Both former Rep Craig Frank and the current Rep spoke in favor of the bill. Daily Herald Des News
*A bill that would loosen booster seat regulations died in committee yesterday on a 6-5 vote. Sponsor Chris Herrod R-Provo spoke to parental rights but Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, said, “Convenience should never trump safety.” SL Trib
*Senator Orrin Hatch sat down with Senator Mike Lee and others at a forum held by the Tea Party Express. Hatch spoke of lessons learned during his long tenure in the Senate and following the meeting, he commented on tea partiers. “I think the more they look at it the more they realize ‘How do you get somebody as good as he is?’ ” Senator Lee remarked: “With all due respect to those who have served in this body over the last few decades, our money has not been well-managed.” Politico Trib
*A bill allowing “cake” fireworks passed out of the Utah House yesterday. Those fireworks are ones that stay on the ground but shoot sparks higher than 15 feet in the air. Bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers and cherry bombs are still illegal. Des News