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The Salt Lake City Council passed an ordinance that will allow — after an initial 90-day warning period — a $500 fine to be imposed on people who rent their cars through peer-to-peer car sharing apps unless the company pays airport fees. [Trib]  

Lawmakers worry the fight over higher-alcohol beer might lead to a liquor ballot initiative in 2020
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Some Utah lawmakers fear the failure to pass a bill allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell higher alcohol-content beer could lead to a liquor themed voter initiative in the 2020 election…

Lawmakers considering $341 million income tax reduction, but not until 2022
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Legislative leaders say they’re eyeing a $341 million income tax cut, but the entire reduction will be phased in over time to correspond with a proposed overhaul of the sales tax…

2019 General Session

Debate on a major proposed overhaul of Utah’s tax system was postponed Tuesday as lawmakers worked on language to satisfy critics and ease reservations around a scheme to shift about $340 million in state receipts from the education fund to the less-restrictive general fund. [Trib]  

After a close House vote late Tuesday, Utah joins a group of states formally calling for a convention to propose, debate and potentially ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution. [Trib]  

Despite a pending Utah Supreme Court ruling on the matter, a Senate committee approved Tuesday a bill to hold partisan elections for the state Board of Education [Trib]  

A bill that passed the Utah Senate and is on its way to the House would kill a name change for the Utah Transit Authority and restructure the way clean-fuel cars are taxed. [Trib]  

A bill to create an 11-member panel to study and make recommendations on designs for a new state flag cleared committee on Tuesday. [Trib]  

National News

More than 76,000 people crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high. It’s a sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not discourage families fleeing violence and poverty. [NYTimes]

North Korea is pursuing the “rapid rebuilding” of a long-range rocket site that was dormant since last year [NBCNews][NYTimes].  

2020 Presidential Election

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley both say they will not seek the Democratic nomination for president. The New York Times looks at the state of the field of candidates. [NYTimes]