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Situational Analysis | February 27, 2023

It's Monday and World NGO Day - shoutout to all those helpers around the world.

It's the last week of the 2023 legislative session. Stay tuned as the legislature spends a record amount of money and passes hundreds of bills before adjourning sine die on Friday night.

Also, the latest snow storm has delayed school start times by two hours in Box Elder, Ogden and Weber school districts. 

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2023 Legislative Session

40 days down, 5 days to go! Only one more committee hearing for each subcommittee left.


Tomorrow - last day of committee hearings and last day to consider bills from own house

Utah Headlines

General Legislative News

  • Utah poised to pass largest budget in state history. Here’s how lawmakers are spending your money (Deseret News)
  • Bills against diversity, equity and inclusion are being heard on the Hill (Deseret News)
  • Utah’s only Black lawmaker speaks out against colleagues’ attacks on diversity efforts (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Sen. Johnson: Bill aims to eliminate ‘ideological coercion’ at universities (Standard-Examiner)
  • Should Utah be prepared for another Olympic scandal? Here’s why a lawmaker is calling for ‘guardrails’ (Deseret News)
  • Lawmakers approve $5 million settlement in death of first-year University of Utah international student (Deseret News)
  • Utah bill allowing religious clothing, modesty standards in athletic uniforms heads to governor’s desk (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah Legislature should be ‘ashamed’ for doing ‘favor’ for developer, Summit County officials say (Deseret News)
  • Utah declares Pamela Atkinson Day to recognize her life of service (Deseret News)
  • Anti-ESG bills roll out to target “the weaponization of capital” (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • The IUP Panel on national divorce, conventions and taxes (ABC4)
  • Suicide prevention advocates converge on the Capitol (ABC4)
  • Weber County Republicans say no to proposed new Utah flag (Standard-Examiner)
  • 2023 Legislative Session Week 6 (Hinckley Report)
  • Could northern Utah’s Bear Lake be loved to death? A state lawmaker wants to fund a study to find out. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Other political news

  • Utah town with fewer than 500 people needs $8 million for water system upgrade (Fox13)

General Utah news

  • Who was behind Utah’s monolith? A monthslong investigation into an unsolved mystery (Deseret News)
  • Utahns feeling bleak about near-term economy and ongoing inflation (Deseret News)
  • ‘Ukraine will prevail’: Utahns rally to show support as war hits 1-year mark (KSL TV)
  • NBA Foundation awarding $1 million to nonprofits serving Black Utahns (KSL)
  • Latter-day Saint missionary serving in Colombia who was robbed and stabbed is now in stable condition (Deseret News)
  • Utah State Prison using short-term fixes to improve safety, but staffing still an issue (KSL)
  • Russian Nobel laureate calls out his country’s corruption on anniversary of war with Ukraine at UVU (KSL)
  • 5 dead in Nevada crash of medical plane that may have broken apart before crash (KSL TV)
  • Family, friends identify victims of Care Flight crash (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah mom “influencer” arrested for assault, criminal mischief and domestic violence (KSL Newsradio)
  • Utahns rally for Ukraine after one year of Russian invasion (Fox13)


  • A Utah school district is warning teachers they can’t use sick time for a mental health break (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Tooele records largest 24-hour snowfall on record with 23 inches (Fox13)


  • How wedding faith and marriage boosts both. Marriage and religiosity are both in decline. But improving rates of one can help raise the other (Deseret News)
  • Barricaded siblings turn to TikTok while defying court order to return to father they say abused them (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Black Physicians of Utah encourages people to look beyond BMI in health assessment (Fox13)

National Headlines


  • Maternal mortality rate alarmingly high, experts say. According to a report by the World Health Organization, in 2020, 287,000 women died worldwide from pregnancy complications — and most deaths could have been prevented (Deseret News
  • Rural hospitals are shuttering their maternity units. Citing costs, many hospitals are closing labor and delivery wards, expanding maternity care deserts. (New York Times)
  • Idaho bill would bring back execution by firing squad (KUTV)
  • Millions who rely on Medicaid may be booted from program (AP)
  • Despite high inflation, Americans are spending like crazy — and it's kind of puzzling (NPR)


  • What would happen if China provides support to Russia in Ukraine War? (Deseret News)
  • Leaders of House China panel denounce GOP attack on Rep Judy Chu (AP)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  •  The dangers of letting the war in Ukraine become ‘white noise’ (Deseret News)
  • CIA director: Putin too confident he can grind down Ukraine (AP)
  • UN chief points to ′ massive’ rights violations in Ukraine (AP)
  • Russia’s new offensive sends conscripts Into the teeth of Ukraine’s lines. A month into the campaign, Russian forces have barely budged (New York Times)


  • At least 59 people died in a shipwreck off coast of Italy (Deseret News)
  • Rescue efforts in Turkey put to rest a misconception about the Jewish Sabbath (Deseret News)
  • After Turkey's earthquake, a grave mental health toll looms (Reuters)

Number of the Day

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  • Ditch Your Debt and Transform Your Net Worth with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — Feb. 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Virtual, Register Here
  • The American Imperative: Reclaiming Global Leadership Through Soft Power with Daniel Runde & Bonnie Glick, Breakfast and Panel — Mar 2, 7:45-9:30 am, Register here
  • Legislative session ends — Mar. 3,
  • Provo Women's Day — Mar. 4, more information here.
  • Women in International Business Conference with World Trade Center Utah — Mar. 8, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, Register Here
  • Teaching Your Child Consent with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — Mar. 16, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Virtual, Register Here
  • Sutherland Institute Annual Gala honoring Lowry Snow & Ian Rowe — Mar. 23, 7 pm, Hyatt Regency, More Information Here
  • MWEG Spring Conference with keynote speaker Becky Edwards — Mar. 25, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at UVU or virtual, Register Here
  • Hatch Foundation Gala with special guest Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao — April 14, 7:00 pm, Grand America, Register Here
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am - 7 pm, Register Here

On This Day In History 

  • 1693 - The first issue of the Ladies’ Mercury was published in London, the first periodical published exclusively for women.
  • 1827 - Masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.
  • 1860 - Matthew Brady photographs presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, the first candidate ever photographed.
  • 1872 - Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School and becomes the first Black female lawyer in the US.
  • 1890 - Mabel Staupers is born. A graduate of Freedman’s Hospital of Nursing (now Howard University) in 1917, she led the Harlem Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association and was instrumental in ending the US Army’s policy of excluding Black nurses in WWII.
  • 1922 - U.S. Supreme Court upholds the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote.
  • 1951 - The states ratified the 22nd Amendment, creating term limits for presidents.
  • 1956 - Meena Keshwar Kamal is born. As a student in 1977, she founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), giving a voice to women fighting for human rights and social justice in Afghanistan. On February 4, 1987, Kamal was kidnapped and murdered.
  • 1964 - The Italian government asks for suggestions for how to fix the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • 1988 - Debi Thomas becomes the first Black athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympic games when she won bronze in figure skating.
  • 1998 - Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son. Took ‘em long enough.
  • 2003 - Fred Rogers dies at age 74.
  • 2010 - 8.8 earthquake hits Chile.
  • 2015 - Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83.
  • 2022 - Countries sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine; EU closes its airspace to Russian planes, Russian banks excluded from worldwide Swift payment system, Sweden sends arms to Ukraine

Heard on the Hill

“I am tired. I am tired physically, spiritually and mentally...I don’t know what to tell my community anymore. I don’t know how to make them feel safe anymore.”

—Rep. Sandra Hollins, speaking against a bill that would prohibit universities from asking for diversity, equity and inclusion statements, as well as anti-racist or implicit bias statements.

On the Punny Side

My mom was a radiologist. She met my dad when he came in for an x-ray.

I wonder what she saw in him.


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