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I know you have a lot of questions about going to work. I am asking businesses to make responsible decisions for their employees and the general public. I didn’t define “essential” businesses in my proclamation, 🧵👇🏼
but any business that cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing between customers, other employees, and the general public should only be functioning if they provide critical services OR can continue to operate with appropriate physical distancing and intentional
safety measures in place. Guidelines on critical services can be found here:…

We want you to voluntarily comply with the Governor’s directive and my Proclamation. It’s not just about whether you think you are going to get sick
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At 10:30 a.m., @GovHerbert will hold a news conference with the latest on #COVID19

I'll be live-tweeting it. You can watch it on and on our Facebook page.

@fox13 #utpol
Right off the top, I'm told @GovHerbert will address the situation with the orders issued by @UtahDepOfHealth, @SaltLakeHealth and @UtahCountyGov Health on limiting gatherings of 10+ people:… @fox13 #utpol
The larger @GovHerbert news conference will focus on economic impact of #COVID19. I see @saltlakechamber, Utah Restaurant Association, @JobsUT folks here in the briefing room (which is ATTEMPTING to exercise social distancing as more media crowds in). @fox13 #utpol
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BREAKING NEWS: @SenatorRomney is back in Utah where he is meeting behind closed doors with #utleg Republican leadership. He declined to comment to us. @fox13 #utpol
Right now, there is a bill in the #utleg that would allow for the recall of a U.S. Senator. Today, Rep. Lyman also filed a resolution to censure Mitt Romney. @fox13 #utpol
.@SenatorRomney is still meeting with @BradWilsonGOP behind closed doors. This one has been going a while. @fox13 #utpol #utleg
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New from me: In 2017, Utah legislators passed an "informed consent" bill requiring women seeking medical abortions to be told about an "abortion reversal pill."

A study of the reversal procedure was just called off after three women hemorrhaged. #utpol
The 2017 legislation was controversial at the time due to a lack of scientific evidence that progesterone could safety "reverse" a medical abortion. New research shows that not completing the two-part medical abortion regimen can be dangerous for women.
Medical abortion consists of two drug regimens: mifepristone followed by misoprostol. Some believe that taking progesterone after taking mifepristone, and neglecting to take misoprostol, could reverse an abortion.
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John Oliver just did a great show on Bob Murray, the mine operater who got 9 miners killed in Utah disaster because he is greedy--ignored mine safety regs. 1/
Murray is a rotten, despicable human being. I remember Crandall Mine Disaster and how he sequestered families of victims, telling them press was their enemy 2/
His real aim was to keep public uninformed about corner-cutting in his mines. He pretended to be miner's advocate while quashing family's questions 3/
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Full house with more people in the hallway. Just opened an overflow. Meeting just started and @SenLyleHillyard is inviting people to email more comments and feedback. Will present bill, then take public comment. People need to sign up. Concern tonight policy issues. #utpol #uted
First, @SenLyleHillyard reminding us of the issues we are here to address. Structural imbalance of sales and income tax with growing needs in transportation and general funds. Minutes approved.
Now Rep. Gibson discussing source of bill. Public comment to task force, including the last October meeting (which reportedly lasted until 11 pm). Will meet again in two weeks to discuss again and then discuss education piece. Not here to discuss education piece tonight.
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Back in court for Rick Koerber's sentencing. It's a packed courtroom. The feds are recommending 20 years in prison for him Some background:… @fox13 #utpol
People are piling into the courtroom, hugging Koerber's wife. They're sporting the orange T-shirts that say "Free Rick Koerber" on the front and "Political Prisoner" on the back. U.S. Marshals just told the crowd to squish in and people are glaring at us to move for them. #utpol
As Koerber is led in, his supporters stand for him and say "we love you Rick!"

The courtroom is now at capacity and it looks like no one else is being let in. @fox13 #utpol
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Taking a short break from satire to share something important my staff and I worked tirelessly on for the last several years -- addressing the devastating epidemic of suicide, particularly among teenagers.

Thanks to @AjitPaiFCC for making this a reality.…
@AjitPaiFCC Over the last several years Utah has seen a devastating suicide trend develop, particularly among teens. We sat down with educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and families of victims to discuss what small steps we might take to help.…
@AjitPaiFCC Theres no simple solution to a problem so complicated and so devastating, but studies have shown that simplifying the national suicide hotline will have a real impact

I am thrilled to see this moving forward and I hope we can continue to think outside the box on solutions #utpol
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Yesterday, a story about Senator Vickers’ business interests in the pharmaceutical industry broke. Sen. Vickers, the Senate Majority Leader, has two family-owned pharmacies in Iron County which distribute 34 percent of the County’s opiates–more than even Walmart’s pharmacy...
With a part-time citizen Legislature, issues with perceived or actual conflicts of interest will continue to arise, especially given Utah’s lack of strong laws addressing such conflicts and ethics...
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I’m down in Richfield, where the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force Will shortly be holding its third town hall meeting #utpol
6 pm and here we go. Tax Force time #utpol
FWIW the Richfield crowd is overwhelmingly male. I'd guess 4:1 or 5:1 with ~150 people total (but I'm also terrible at estimating) #utpol
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Another list of ALEC members was recently obtained, showing more Utah lawmakers who are part of the secretive, corporate-backed organization which is making its way into the news more often lately, most recently over the weekend on Netflix's @patriotact
This new list was members of ALEC's task force on "Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development." Utah members include:
- Speaker Brad Wilson
- Senators Dan Hemmert, Jerry Stevenson, Gregg Buxton, Don Ipson, & Jacob Anderegg
- Rep Kirk Cullimore
The infamous former Rep. Jon Standard was also a legislative member before his not-so-graceful exit from the #utleg last year.…
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I am in federal court for a pre-trial hearing for Rick Koerber, who was convicted in one of Utah's biggest fraud cases. He was ordered to surrender to U.S. Marshals 15 minutes prior to the hearing on a pre-trial release violation.

Some background:… #utpol
Koerber arrived with 4 minutes to spare and told me he had no comment. In court, Judge Warner ordered him brought up. Koerber is now in shackles.

"Your honor, can we remove the shackles?" his lawyer asks.

"No," the judge says. @fox13 #utpol
Judge Warner is getting into the meat of the hearing. Here's what the feds allege Koerber has done to violate the terms of his release. @fox13 #utpol
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San Juan County Commissioner Bruce Adams just introduced resolutions in support of the Kayenta Coal Mine on Black Mesa and in support of the Navajo Generating Station in Ariz., which is scheduled to be decommissioned. Adams cites employment opportunities for SJC residents.
Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy just introduced a resolution to have San Juan County bring in outside counsel to sue its own attorney, Kendall Laws, for "failure to comply with the lawful directives of the county" related #BearsEars and other issues. #utpol…
A second resolution from Maryboy would request the State Auditor to review the county's legal contracts and invoices accrued under the previous county commission.
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An absolutely PACKED room for the hearing on the bill to ban conversion therapy in Utah. I first reported on it here:… @fox13 #utpol #utleg #LGBTQ
BTW, the @LDSchurch (as you know, a powerful influence in the #utleg) has said it will NOT oppose the bill. @Diocese_of_SLC says it has no position on the bill:… @fox13 #utpol #LGBTQ
The committee room is packed with social conservatives, #LGBTQ rights groups and some conversion therapy survivors. So look for this to get interesting:… @fox13 #utpol #utleg
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FACT: Suicide is the number one cause of death of all #Utah youth; this is not the case nationally. More alarming, the teen suicide rate in Utah has doubled since 2011. #LGBT #UTpol #LDS #Mormon #BYU
Another Fact: Teen suicide is lower when there is an #LGBTQ supportive environment. #Utah is notorious for its lack of support for and acceptance of the #LGBT community. #LDS #Mormon #UTpol #BYU
Relatedly, studies show that in areas where homosexuality is tolerated, mental health outcomes for #LGBTQ are the same as non-LGBTQ people. Elevated risk of suicide correlates w/ elevated risk of mental illness that is prevalent among LGBTs living in areas hostile to them.
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The #utleg's interim committee is hearing about implementing medical marijuana legislation passed earlier this year, and the potential impact of the ballot initiative. @fox13 #utpol
.@UTagandfood is up, saying implementation of some provisions of ballot initiative may be difficult ti implement if it were to pass. They also have some concerns about bills #utleg passed. @fox13 #utpol
.@braddaw throws out there that ultimately, CBD will be available over-the-counter at Walgreens, but maybe not under the ballot initiative. @UTagandfood says it doesn't have ability to check labs to ensure "best practices" in the initiative. @fox13 #utpol
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WATCH LIVE: Major speech on public lands policy at @SutherlandInst: “Federal Lands and Royal Forests."… #utpol #SIPublicLands
How did it come to pass that nearly half of the land in the West is owned by the federal government, compared to just 5 percent of the land in the East? #utpol #SIPublicLands
Throughout the 19th century, Lawmakers sought to facilitate expansion of the nation by acquiring land—and then transferring it to the people, so they could live out their lives as responsible citizens of the republic. #utpol #SIPublicLands
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@ThisAmerLife had an EXCELLENT episode on the @DCCC and the way they select candidates. As a robotics engineer who ran for Congress and lost the nomination, I feel like I can add to this conversation. 1/15

#TheResistance #RebelScum #utpol…
Before I get started, there will be those who will want to turn this into a Bernie vs Hillary thing, so let me preempt that by saying that isn't the point of this thread. This thread isn't about issues or purity tests, this is about strategy and missed opportunities. 2/15
When I got in the race 14 months ago, it was a field of 3 including me. The others were similar to me - they were concerned citizens who had never before held elected office. All of us showed up to every rally, every activist gathering, and ended up becoming close friends. 3/15
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How very interesting.
What a wonderful Christmas gift for these hardworking employees. #TaxReform
Excellent news for the several hundred Utahns employed by Boeing. #TaxReform #utpol
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While UT fought #opioid epidemic, @SenOrrinHatch enabled it from DC. Here’s why it's personal for me. 1/11 #utpol…
This isn't the first time @SenOrrinHatch has played politics with Americans' health, especially in Utah. 2/11
In 2016, @SenOrrinHatch, who received almost $180K in drug industry donations, led the way in hobbling the DEA's 3/11
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