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News roundup: Mitt Romney criticizes Russia's Olympic spending

First Published Feb 12 2014 05:47AM      Last Updated Feb 12 2014 07:41 am

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, a visitor hangs onto an Olympic ring as she has her photo taken in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

GOP lawmakers defend gay marriage ban. Romney criticizes Olympic spending. Voting twice changes little in state Senate.

Happy Wednesday. Mitt Romney argues that its time to set a cap on Olympic spending, saying the $50 billion Russia plowed into Sochi is way too high. The 2002 Games in Salt Lake cost less than $3 billion. [

USAToday

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Topping the news:

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p class="NormalParagraphStyle">Why does Utah's Senate vote on bills twice and what is the impact? A BYU political scientists says the practice has little impact. If the Senate passes a bill on first reading it is all but assured to gain final approval on a second vote. [

DataPoints

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-> Eighty-one Republican state legislators defended Utah's gay marriage ban in a brief to the 10th Circuit. That's all but four of the sitting GOP lawmakers. [

Trib

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KUER

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Fox13

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ABC4

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-> The Senate warily advanced a bill to exempt the NSA data center in Bluffdale from paying taxes on its electrical bill. [

Trib

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DNews

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KUER

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Tweet of the day:

From

@TroyWilliamsSLC

: "Thnx for the support. Did our protest work? The Gov's office graciously called me this morning. More talks to come."

From

@SenatorSteveU

: "'Did our protest work?'

@TroyWilliamsSLC

Not if the goal was to move #sb100 forward. Arrests = drama. Mtg. w/Pres = progress."

Happy birthday:

to Tribune alum Carol Sisco.

On the Hill:

AG Sean Reyes is asking the Legislature for help to pay for the appeal of the ruling striking down the gay marriage pprohibition. [

APviaHerald

]

-> Reyes also announced the state will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down key parts of Utah's polygamy laws. [

ApviaHerald

]

-> Rep. Jim Dunnigan is preparing four bill in reaction to the John Swallow scandal. [

UtahPolicy

]

-> House Speaker Becky Lockhart's $300 million education proposal will include $50 million to improve wireless capabilities in schools. [

Trib

] [

DNews

] [

Herald

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-> The House passed legislation creating grants to help at-risk children attend preschool. [

Trib

] [

UtahPolicy

]

-> A House panel passed a bill allowing parents to see the questions from the end of year state test before their children take them. [

Trib

] [

DNews

] [

Herald

]

-> Legislation allowing the state to enact air-quality standards stricter than federal regulations barely passed a Senate Committee. [

Trib

] [

DNews

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-> Lawmakers requested more than $7 million for air quality projects. [

Trib

]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on second hand smog. [

Trib

]

-> Legislation giving broad immunity to police officers from lawsuits by suspects injured in police chases passed a Senate committee despite concerns that the bill may encourage reckless behavior. [

Trib

] [

KUTV

]

-> Sen. Luz Robles talks about her bill to make not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense on the Trib's new video feature "In Their Own Words." [

Trib

] A Senate committee killed the bill. [

Trib

]

-> Rep. Jim Nielson, R-Bountiful, is proposing a bill to ban aggressive panhandling and other conduct that blocks traffic on some roadways. [

DNews

] [

KUTV

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-> Paul Rolly discusses how a bill making revenge porn a felony is a refreshing show of bipartisanship. [

Trib

]

-> Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, wants to require voters to opt-in for their information to be public rather than opt-out as the law is now. [

Fox13

]

-> Advocates questioned a legislative estimate that raising the minimum wage to $10.25 per hour would cost the state $20 million each year. [

Trib

] [

DNews

]

-> Supporters of a compromise bill on stream access for recreationalists rallied at the Capitol. [

Trib

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DNews

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-> The House Republican Caucus delayed a discussion about moving the state prison in Draper. [

DNews

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-> The House unanimously voted to set aside March 29 as day to honor Vietnam vets. [

Trib

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DNews

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-> Lawmakers took some electric cars for a spin. [

ABC4

]

In other news:

Utah health officials found higher rates of some types of cancer in areas around Stericycle's medical incinerator. However, the increased cancer rate may not be linked to the incinerator. [

Trib

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DNews

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KUER

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-> NSA protesters picked up litter in front of the NSA data center. [

Trib

 

 

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