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News roundup: Holder to state AG's: You don't have to defend gay marriage bans

First Published Feb 25 2014 06:02AM      Last Updated Feb 25 2014 09:46 am

Holder to state AG's: You don't have to defend gay marriage bans. New debate commission forms. House passes GOP alternative to Medicaid expansion.

Happy Tuesday. Attorney General Eric Holder says that his state counterparts don't have to defend laws that are likely unconstitutional -- gay marriage bans, for example, he says -- and urged them to apply scrutiny before jumping on board to take on such cases. "Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that's appropriate for an attorney general to do," Holder said. Obviously aimed at Republicans attorneys general, it's doubtful that it'll affect Utah's defense of Amendment 3. [

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Topping the news:

A group of educators, news media and politicians announced the start of the Utah Debate Commission which will plan and air political debates for federal and state elections. [

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-> The Republican-backed alternative to a federally funded Medicaid expansion passed a House committee. [

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-> The 13 activists arrested during a protest calling for lawmakers to consider a bill banning housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity planned to plead not guilty, but found that charges had not yet been filed against them. They're organizing a rally at the Capitol next week. [

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-> A House committee advanced a resolution to move the state prison in Draper. [

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Tweet of the day:

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On the Hill:

You guessed it, they're holding more meetings. Today's schedule. [

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-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz doesn't support the Count My Vote initiative. [

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-> The House Rules Committee, through a technicality, avoided voting on a resolution allowing lawmakers to abstain from casting ballots on legislation when they have a conflict of interest. [

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-> Two key immigration reform laws may need to be repealed soon if the feds don't provide waivers. [

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-> A House committee advanced legislation requiring candidates to pay a fine if they do not disclose their donors within 30 days. [

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-> The House passed a bill to ban panhandling along state freeways and highways, a move that would also bar candidate honk and waves as well as fireman fill-the-boot drives in the same areas. [

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-> Lawmakers are considering two competing bills dealing with the NSA data center in Bluffdale. [

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-> The House passed a bill to reform payday loans in the state. [

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-> Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, discusses his proposal to raise registration fees on alternative fuel vehicles in The Trib's "In Their Own Words." [

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-> While allowing cities to buy renewable energy would stimulate demand, it may also drive up electricity prices. [

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-> Legislation to charge a fee to those who put electricity back on the grid with solar panels passed a Senate committee. [

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-> A bill to give an income tax credit for those who purchase monthly transit passes for bad-air months passed a House panel. [

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-> Lawmakers are waiting for the courts to rule on stream access before considering the issue on Capitol Hill. [

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-> A bill criminalizing revenge porn passed a Senate committee. [

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-> A Senate committee passed legislation allowing alternative high schools and new schools to opt out of the state system that grades schools. [

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-> The Senate moved closer to a final vote on legislation to fund after school programs for children in poverty. [

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-> Legislation creating nonpartisan elections state school board elections passed a House committee. [

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-> The House gave its nod to legislation to expand the size of a parent board that reviews statewide testing materials. [

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-> On the Hill, charter schools showed lawmakers what they are up to. [

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-> A Senate panel approved a bill to extend a program giving treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder. [

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-> A House committee advanced legislation aimed at protecting voter registration information. [

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-> A new measure would make it harder to get citizen initiatives on the ballot. [

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-> Sens. Jim Dabakis and Steve Urquhart plan to bring members of the LGBT community and state leaders together Wednesday for an amicable conversation. [

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