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Medicaid waiver ‘on track’ to be granted prior to April 1 according to lawmakers
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Legislators say the state is on track to have the first of two required waivers from the Trump administration approved which will allow them to implement a scaled back Medicaid expansion plan at the beginning of next month.  

2019 General Session

Budget deal will allow lawmakers to assess whether they want to keep funding several state programs
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
One of the side benefits to “scrubbing” various one-time cash accounts and putting that money into ongoing programs the essence of the budget deal House and Senate Republicans made Tuesday in SB2 — is time to review many of those “special” programs, and see if they are worthy of continuation.  

Legislature passes bill that bars signature candidates in special congressional elections as rumors swirl Rep. Chris Stewart may be up for a Trump administration job
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
No sooner had rumors started on Utah’s Capitol Hill about U.S. Rep, Chris Stewart once again being considered by President Donald Trump for U.S. Secretary of the Air Force than Utah House members passed a new law giving power in picking a U.S. congressman replacement to party delegates.  

Legislators pass bill modifying Utah Medical Cannabis Act
Computer science grant program shaved to $3M but gets lawmaker support
Utah’s hate crime law has long been regarded as weak and difficult to pursue, but on Wednesday the Senate gave final approval of a bill seeking to remedy the law and make it more enforceable. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Thatcher, would allow judges to increase criminal penalties against perpetrators who commit a crime based off of ancestry, race, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and several other protected classes. [Trib] [ABC4] [KSL]  

After much discussion, Utah lawmakers approved a deal to put beer in grocery and convenience stores with a stronger alcohol allowance. The bill bumps the allowance to 4 percent, rather than the original 4.8 percent proposed. [Trib] [Fox13] [ABC4] [KSL]  

The Utah House passed a bill to add an 86-percent tax on e-cigarettes. The legislation will go before the Senate next. [Trib]  

Our Representatives

John Curtis: We need this law to curb presidential overreach

2020 Presidential Election

Utah’s presidential primary would be on ‘Super Tuesday’ under bill passed by Senate
mirror his message that got him elected in the first place. But, unlike 2016, where the campaign was largely spontaneous and ran without a large staff, the new effort includes a massive data-gathering and get-out-the-vote push aimed at dwarfing any previous presidential reelection effort, according to campaign advisers. [WaPost]  

Beto O’Rourke has decided to run for president. Add him to the laundry list of Democratic hopefuls that now includes Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand. As one senior senator told us last night, the weekly caucus lunches are getting fun. So what does Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who passed on running himself, think of Beto’s entrance to the race: “Just one more, one more, one more gets in the race,” Brown said during an appearance on CNN. “Bring ’em in, and it’ll be an interesting primary fight.”  

Beto is running. Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced he will run for president in 2020 following his near-miss Senate campaign in Texas. He joins an already crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination –

  • O’Rourke’s announcement came after a lengthy profile of him was published in Vanity Fair, complete with an Annie Leibovitz cover photo –

Former Vice President Joe Biden told a group of firefighters on Tuesday that he will likely be announcing his 2020 presidential run soon. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]