World Tuberculosis Day; road damage in Zion National Park; Festival of Colors this weekend and wild photos of this year's snow
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Situational Analysis | March 24, 2023

Good morning! It's World Tuberculosis Day because on this day in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease. Tuberculosis used to be called "consumption" and in the early 1800's, caused nearly 25% of all deaths in Europe.  In 2021, 10.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.6 million died. Just 10 days ago, an active case of TB was diagnosed in a Utah teen. 

What You Need to Know

  • Gov. Spencer Cox finished signing bills for the 2023 session. On his last day, yesterday, he signed a pair of social media bills that are meant to protect children. SB152 requires age verification and parental consent to open an account if a social media user is under 18 and HB311 prohibits social media companies from using features that cause addiction. He also announced the launch of a new website: where you can find information about these new laws, consequences for social media companies who break the law and data on the impact of social media on Utah's youth. Legal challenges to these bills are expected.

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • 'Scott's Bill' signed into law two years after emergency department doctor's death (KUTV)
  • Western reps form their own caucus to talk about the Colorado River (KUER)
  • TikTok CEO questioned by House Committee, Utah’s Rep. Curtis says company should be held ‘accountable’ (Deseret News)
  • Utah bans LGBTQ conversion therapy — again (Fox13
  • Gov. Cox signs bill threatening millions in federal funds for UTA. The Department of Labor issued a letter Wednesday stating that objections over the bill by a local transit union have merit. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Social media restrictions for teens signed into law by Utah governor (KSL)
  • Utah law could curb use of TikTok and Instagram by children and teens (New York Times)
  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee backs Freedom Caucus in war of words with White House over debt ceiling (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • Silence: Retired SLCPD administrators say chief is not fair, consistent, or impartial (Fox13)
  • Utah sheriff rolls back department promotions found to have been made illegally (KUTV)
  • Gymnastics coach in Utah facing 20 child exploitation charges in voyeurism arrest (KUTV)
  • KSL EXCLUSIVE: “It’s been a punch to the gut,” Woods Cross mom of boy recorded on hidden device speaks out (KSL Newsradio)
  • USU football player suffers “medical emergency” during practice (Cache Valley Daily)
  • In fast-growing Utah, cities juggle fire response times against new station costs (KUER)
  • New Salt Lake consulate already helping many of the 20,000 Salvadorans in Utah (KSL)


  • Bill Wyatt: Why Delta’s new extended commitment to SLC Airport is a big deal (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • The most innovative states in the U.S. have been revealed. Where does Utah rank? (Deseret News)


  • UVU president arrives to men's basketball game wearing green tutu in support of team (KUTV)
  • How UVU’s president ‘owned the moment’ with the basketball world watching the Wolverines (Deseret News)
  • College life got ya down? These campus grandparents are here to help (KUER)
  • SUU students hold walk-out after Jeffrey R. Holland announced as commencement speaker (ABC4)


  • What vital signs will show us that the Great Salt Lake is improving? (KUER)
  • Who is shooting Utah’s Onaqui wild horses? The answer is worth $22,500 for info about the killing of two stallions found dead March 19. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah will likely set historic snow record Friday (KSL TV)
  • Climate change could be causing flesh-eating bacteria to spread in warming oceans (Deseret News)


  • 4 ‘pillars’ to a successful adulthood, regardless of childhood disadvantage. The FREE Forum gathers local leaders to discuss policies, priorities designed to ensure that everyone succeeds (Deseret News)
  • Perspective: Utah is leading the way in caring for foster children. A new report finds that 61% of Utah infants were adopted within 18 months, compared with fewer than 15% nationally (Deseret News)


  • First Salt Lake County measles case in 6 years confirmed by health department officials (KUTV)
  • Nearly half of Utah women have felt chronically unsafe (KUER)
  • Kathryn Boyd named new CEO of Planned Parenthood Utah (KUER)
  • ‘There’s no end in sight’: How COVID-19 changed a Utah teacher’s life. Just 36, former long-distance runner now uses an electric wheelchair (Deseret News)
  • 4 ways to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma (Washington Post)

National Headlines


  • Not even water? And other things not to say to your Muslim friends during Ramadan (NPR)
  • Here's what retirement with less than $1 million looks like (Wall Street Journal)


  • Biden announces plans to overhaul U.S. organ transplant system (Deseret News)
  • In an overnight post, former President Trump warned of “potential death and destruction” if he were indicted. (New York Times)
  • Trump calls for removal of every top official investigating him (The Hill)
  • Graham admonished by Senate Ethics (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • A look at the depleted uranium-based ammo the UK will send to Ukraine (AP)
  • Russia is shipping very old tanks west, signaling shortage in Ukraine (Washington Post)


  • The happiest country in the world wants to fly you in for a free masterclass (NPR)
  • ‘Appalling’: Southern Africa counts toll of Cyclone Freddy (AP)
  • U.S. and China wage war beneath the waves – over internet cables (Reuters)
  • US strikes Iran-backed facilities in Syria after drone kills American (Reuters)

News Release

2023 UVU Conference on domestic violence announced

The Utah Valley University (UVU) College of Humanities and Social Sciences announced that its 2023 Conference on Domestic Violence will be held on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on UVU’s Orem Campus. The conference will include keynote and plenary speakers and workshops. (Read More)

Utah leads the way with new social media legislation

Today, Gov. Cox signed S.B. 152 Social Media Regulation Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Mike McKell. The bill places restrictions on social media companies and provides parents with additional tools to protect teens from the harmful effects of social media.

S.B. 152 enacts a strict age verification process and allows parents or legal guardians to set time restrictions on social media use. The bill also blocks direct messages to minors without being “friends” on the platform and prevents social media companies from collecting and selling data on minors. (Read More)

Gov. Cox signs 72 bills of the 2023 General Legislative Session

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed 72 bills today. 

Gov. Cox has signed 551 pieces of legislation from the 2023 General Legislative Session. Joint resolutions and rules resolutions are reviewed by the governor, but his signature is not required. Information on bills signed today can be found here.

Representative Blake Moore introduces legislation promoting Medicare patients’ access to ‘Breakthrough’ medical products

Representative Blake Moore (R-UT), joined by Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), introduced the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2023, legislation that would provide Medicare beneficiaries with faster access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved breakthrough medical devices. If enacted, this bill would require Medicare to temporarily cover breakthrough products for four years while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would be required to make a permanent coverage determination. (Read More)

Amid LA teacher strike, Owens pushes for legislation to expand school choice to low-income students affected by school closures

Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) introduced the Kids in Classes Act, legislation to allow families with children in Title I schools to put unused federal education funds toward in-person education should their school close due to a teachers union strike. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 24, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • MWEG Spring Conference with keynote speaker Becky Edwards — Mar. 25, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at UVU or virtual, Register Here
  • Advancing Women Through “Developmental Relationships”: A Dialogue with Global Experts with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 4, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Register here
  • UVU Conference on Domestic Violence — April 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, 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 

  • 1826 - Matilda Joslyn Gage is born. She was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, a prolific author, an abolitionist, a freethinker, a women’s rights and Native American rights activist. She was written out of history by more conservative suffragists.
  • 1832 - Joseph Smith beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio
  • 1882 - German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and establishes germ theory.
  • 1925 - KSL begins transmission in Salt Lake City
  • 1989 - Exxon Valdez crashes, causing one of the worst oil spills in history.
  • 1996 - Shannon Lucid becomes the first female US astronaut to live aboard a space station.
  • 1998 - Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shoot their classmates and teachers in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing five and wounding 10. 
  • 2014 - Ukraine withdraws its forces from Crimea

Quote of the Day

"There is a word sweeter than mother, home, or heaven. That word is liberty."

—Matilda Joslyn Gage

On the Punny Side

How do you announce to someone that winter is coming to an end?

You spring it on them. (And I'm so ready)


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