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Day 30: Back To Work

February 21, 2012

We will have two-a-days on the Senate floor all this week. That means we will have more floor time in four days than we did during the first 14 days of the session. I’m already exhausted just thinking about it.

I got at 4:30 a.m. this morning because I wanted to be sure to work out. I am not going to take this In-session weight gain lying down. I also had a lot to get done today, and couldn’t sleep.

At 8 a.m. I attended the House Natural Resources committee meeting to hear the debate on the five bills involving the public lands in our state. Rep. Barrus began the meeting with a very long narrative of the history leading up to the status quo. He maintains the US promised to sell the lands or compensate the state for funds for public schools. In the 116 years since Utah became a state, the federal government has failed to keep its commitment to Utah under the Enabling Act and FLIPMA. More information can be found here.

At 9 a.m. I attended a settlement conference regarding $20 million in claims stemming from Medicaid billing codes. Although a settlement was not reached, the parties felt that substantial progress was made in understanding the position of the Office of Inspector General.

We had five hours of floor time and voted on about 30 bills. The most controversial one would require parents to accompany their teens to each visit to a tanning salon.

Here I am with Rabbi Benny Zippel, who spoke to us on the Senate Floor.


At 5 p.m. I had to present the retirement committee budget and priorities to the Executive Appropriations committee.

At 7 p.m., I joined three other legislators in reporting to the Woods Cross City Council.

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