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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig has announced she won't seek re-election to the House at the end of the year. Seelig, of Salt Lake City, made the announcement this afternoon after eight years as a state representative. She is stepping down to finish her doctorate in political science. Seelig has held the post of minority leader for two years, and is the first woman to hold the position. In recent years, she has brought forward legislation to combat domestic violence and human trafficking.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A measure to set some early restrictions on law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial systems is advancing at the Legislature. The Utah Senate unanimously voted 23-0 today to give final approval to the drone bill. It advances to the House. Draper Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson is sponsoring the bill and says privacy protections are needed now as drone technology improves and is more widely used.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Democrats have rolled out their own plan for Medicaid expansion in the state, adding yet another proposal to the mix at the Republican-controlled Legislature. The plan from Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, a Salt Lake City Democrat, would have Utah take the option to fully expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul. Under President Barack Obama's health overhaul, the federal government is offering to cover most of the costs if states expand Medicaid. Davis told the Deseret News that he'll be lucky if his bill is approved by an initial committee.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bill to rename a rural stretch of highway in honor of a Utah officer killed there has been approved by the Utah Senate. The Senate unanimously passed the measure this week. It would rename Utah state route 73 the "Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway." The bill now moves to the House. Wride, a Utah County Sheriff's sergeant, was fatally shot on Jan. 30 while sitting behind the wheel of his patrol car on the side of the two-lane highway about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.
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