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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - January 29, 2015
Herbert calls for more education funding during his State of the State address. Lawmakers may combine non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation. Senators say lawmakers probably won't change SB54 this session.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 42
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 194
- Days to the 2015 election - 278
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 354
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 361
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 516
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 649
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- Gov. Gary Herbert discusses education funding, transportation and public lands in his State of the State speech [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Legislative leaders say they are seriously considering combining religious liberty legislation and a non-discrimination proposal into one piece of legislation [Utah Policy].
- House leaders say any non-discrimination or religious liberty legislation won't be fast-tracked through the legislature [Deseret News].
- A poll taken before the LDS Church's announcement finds a slight majority of Utahns would favor non-discrimination legislation that includes protections for the LGBT community [Utah Policy].
- Senate GOP leaders say it's unlikely the Legislature will do any tinkering with SB 54 this session [Tribune].
- House Speaker Greg Hughes steps down from the Prison Relocation Commission, saying he no longer has time [Tribune].
- A new study says most local governments say their funding for road maintenance is woefully behind what they need [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Rep. Francis Gibson unveils his bill to make State Board of Education elections nonpartisan [Utah Policy].
- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks to a packed house at the University of Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A California school bans 66 students who haven't been vaccinated from attending in an attempt to control a measels outbreak [Los Angeles Times].
On this day in history:
- 1850 - Henry Clay introduced a Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
- 1861 - Kansas became the 34th state.
- 1979 - President Jimmy Carter welcomed Chinese Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
- 2002 - In his first State of the Union address, President George W. Bush warned of an "axis of evil" consisting of North Korea, Iran and Iraq.
Today At Utah Policy
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|Clean Air: It's Time to Act|
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Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Lawmakers have to know when to spend in order to save
UTA says bond refinancing saves it $77.7 million
Study: Utah's local roads deteriorating amid declining funds
Foothills development plan pits residents, mayor against Utah county leaders
Senate rejects limits on national monument designations
GOP senators: Legislature unlikely to go back on Count My Vote deal
Marc Jenson denies any deception, claims he told investors 'Just Google me'
Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes quits prison commission
Utah Governor calls for action on schools, health care, religious liberty
Dan Liljenquist: Predictions for the 2015 legislative session
Op-ed: Now is the time for significant investment in public education
Op-ed: Utah and the nation need a real plan for economic growth
Op-ed: Moving the prison should be based on qualifications
Op-ed: Healthy Utah Plan the right choice for Utah families
Editorial: It's time for Utah to adopt a primary seat-belt law
Legislative committee looks at changes for higher ed capital funding
House speaker says anti-discrimination, religious liberty won't be fast-tracked
Bill seeks to set rules on formation of new school districts
Study: Utah's decaying local roads require more funding
Failed resort embittered friends, Marc Jenson says of conflicting testimonies
Governor calls for investment in Utah's next 'greatest generation'
Technology would help teachers give faster feedback to students, lawmakers say
Ogden's new senator proposes weighty State School Board legislation (Standard-Examiner)
Transportation needs far outpace funding, concerns increase (Standard-Examiner)
Sen. Lee talks HAFB future, key issues with Defense nominee Carter (Standard-Examiner)
Sen. Lyle Hillyard begins 30th year in Legislature (Logan Herald Journal)
Boehner: 'I'll be here for a while' (The Hill)
White House defends decision to ditch college tax proposal (The Hill)
GOP moves to oust budget ref (The Hill)
Attorney general nominee pressed on administration's immigration, drug policies (Washington Post)
Supreme Court halts Oklahoma executions pending lethal injection case (Christian Science Monitor)
Drone company looks to restrict flight areas in D.C. (CNN)
Perry: Ongoing felony case won't delay preparations for 2016 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Huckabee: Fox News women aren't 'trashy,' but cursing New Yorkers are (CNN)
N.Y. Lawmakers Circle Assembly Speaker Job (Wall Street Journal)
U.S. government says Obamacare could affect up to 29 percent of taxpayers (Reuters)
Millions to owe Obamacare tax penalty (CNNMoney)
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