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Mormon church opposing Utah medical marijuana bill

sltrib.com — Lobbyists for the Utah-based faith have conveyed to Madsen, as well as House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, that the church opposes the bill, but did not explain its objections. Madsen said he asked to discuss the reasons for the church's stance but was rebuffed.
Feb 05, 2016

RT @sltrib: BREAKING: Mormon church says it opposes Sen. Mark Madsen's medical-marijuana bill: sltrib.com/news/3505422-1… #utpol pic.twitter.com/J4xePljTIx

Feb 05, 2016

Sen. Madsen is NOT happy about church’s unwillingness to discuss the issue. Read his strong comments here: sltrib.com/news/3505422-1… #utpol

Amid emotional testimony, two medical marijuana bills go forward

sltrib.com — "I know this can help so many people and this can prevent [opiate] addiction," she told a Senate committee. "I desperately hope that myself and others have access to this because I don't want to see myself or anyone else have to deal with opiate-addiction withdrawals."

Utah Dems formally demand all the info on public-lands lawsuit

sltrib.com — Dabakis and Briscoe, the only two Democrats on the eight-member panel, met with attorneys from the Davillier Law Group hired by the commission and asked them to explain the potential pitfalls and counter-arguments to the state's lawsuit. But the lawyers refused, saying they could not share that information without permission of the two chairmen of the commission - Sen.
Feb 04, 2016

RT @sltrib: Democrats (no, not Hillary or Bernie) demand info on Utah's possible public-land suit sltrib.com/news/3499794-1… #utpol pic.twitter.com/zTijetsYRw

Human traffickers could face execution under plan

sltrib.com — In the past, Ray sponsored legislation making deaths resulting from child abuse eligible for the death penalty and he argued Tuesday that they type of abuse victims of trafficking suffer should warrant the same kind of punishment. "This is the most heinous of crimes," said Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross, who is president of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.

Despite opposition Senate OKs workplace breastfeeding bill

sltrib.com — But Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, expressed concerns that, as an employer, having babies in the workplace would be "invasive." He explained that he has a "little secretary who works for me" who sometimes brings her baby to the office and puts the child on a blanket.

State paid $640k for public lands analysis; Dems want all the info

sltrib.com — But lawyers hired by the commission are refusing to provide Dabakis with the information he wants, contending they represent the chairmen of the commission - not the entire commission - and need permission before giving Dabakis the information he seeks, which is protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Feb 02, 2016

ICYHARL: Attorneys tell Dems they can’t share all they learned in $640k analysis of UT public lands lawsuit. sltrib.com/news/3487535-1… #utpol

Utah could win public lands lawsuit, attorneys tell lawmakers

sltrib.com — Howard's firm, The Davillier Law Group, based in New Orleans, was hired by the Commission on the Stewardship of Public Lands to prepare a legal analysis of the arguments for the state to claim ownership of the lands. The commission recommended filing a lawsuit based on the arguments, at a projected cost of $14 million.
Feb 01, 2016

This would be a huge victory for freedom and justice-- #Utah could win public lands lawsuit attorneys tell lawmakers shar.es/1hBZ9y

Bill would reinstate preference for traditional couples in Utah adoptions

sltrib.com — Powell's bill - titled Parentage Amendments - will be released in a few days and, if it passes, would put back into law a preference for adoptions by couples with a male and female parent when the child is in the custody of the state and there is not a family member or anyone with an existing relationship who wishes to adopt the child.

Utah mom fears losing children over daughter's cannabis treatment

sltrib.com — The caseworkers had been tipped off that Ellett was administering small amounts of cannabis oil, using a toothpick to put a small drop under her child's tongue. Ellett had been giving her daughter the oil for seven months and in that time she said the change had been dramatic.
Jan 27, 2016

RT @sltrib: A Utah mom is in hiding, afraid she could lose her kids after treating her daughter with cannabis oil sltrib.com/news/3464396-1… #utpol

Jan 27, 2016

Utah mother fears losing her children after treating daughter’s rare illness with medical cannabis: sltrib.com/news/3464396-1… #utpol

Dems want GOP stripped of party status for obstructing election law

sltrib.com — Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans chuckled at the Democrats' request. "I'm not interested in the Democratic Party's sideshow," he said. "I guess the Democratic Party chairman has to do something since they can't win races."
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Feb 05, 2016

Also perhaps worth noting: Sen. Madsen is the grandson of former LDS President Ezra Taft Benson. #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

Worth noting: LDS doctrine doesn’t bar use of medical marijuana. Members where it’s legal can use it and be in good standing. #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

Madsen: “Now it's: 'Teach them correct principles & just in case send your lobbyist down to force them to do the right thing.’” #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

Madsen: "If they're going ... force everyone to a standard, then I think they owe something of an explanation to the people.” #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

Madsen: "Maybe they don't want to be known as the special interest who put their thumb on the scale and decided this for everyone.” #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

Sen. Madsen is NOT happy about church’s unwillingness to discuss the issue. Read his strong comments here: sltrib.com/news/3505422-1… #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

Church had quietly been opposing Madsen’s bill for more than a week. Had met w/ @GHughes51 and @waynenieder to express opposition. #utpol

Feb 05, 2016

The Church is taking no position on Sen. Vickers and Rep. Daw’s cannabidiol bill. #utpol

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