When the current legislative session started, new House Speaker Greg Hughes talked about tackling the “big, hard fights,” which he said could be "potentially transformational" for the state of Utah.
Now, it seems at least one of those fights might take place in a much smaller arena, away from the jeering crowds. The co-chairman of the Prison Relocation Commission would like the Legislature to give the commission the authority to decide on its own where to put the prison that now sits in Draper. Hughes says he supports that plan.
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis might want to hire handlers with a better sense of timing.
While answering questions recently, he decided to illustrate government’s unwarranted list of business regulations by focusing on an FDA requirement that food-service workers wash their hands after visiting the bathroom. Government shouldn’t have to require this, he said, because any restaurant that didn’t require such a thing would go out of business.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has 32 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.