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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - February 12, 2014

Reyes askinglawmakers for more money for Amendment 3 ruling. Lockhart's education technology plan will help build wireless capacity in schools. Battle over "Count My Vote" heating up on the Hill.


  • 29 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 132 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 265 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 628 days to the 2015 elections
  • 693 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 999 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes is asking lawmakers for more money to appeal the Amendment 3 ruling in federal court [Standard-Examiner].
  • 81 Utah Republican lawmakers sign on to a court brief defending Utah's ban on same-sex marriage [Tribune].
  • The state is readying an appeal to a ruling that struck down parts of Utah's ban on polygamy [Standard-Examiner].
  • House Speaker Becky Lockhart's push for more technology in educationwill include money to increase the wireless capacity of schools [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Legislation spawned by the House investigation into John Swallow starts to trickle out in the Legislature [Utah Policy].
  • The Utah House passes a bill offering grants, paid for by private businesses, for preschool education [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  • A Senate committee approves a bill allowing the state to adopthigher air-quality standards than the federal government [Tribune].
  • The fight over how political parties nominate their candidates is heating up on the Hill [Utah Policy].
  • Advocates call for Utah to raise the minimum wage to $10.25 per hour [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A Senate committee kills a measure making failing to weara seat belt a primary offense [Tribune].
  • The City of Orem has been forced to freeze its checking account following a case of check fraud [Daily Herald].
  • The Utah Department of Health says they've found an elevated rate of cancer surrounding a medical waste incinerator [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • English colonists founded Savannah, Georgia in 1733.
  • Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in 1809.
  • The Utah Territory granted women the right to vote in 1870. That was later revoked in 1887.
  • The U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in 1999.

Today At Utah Policy

House Passes Preschool Funding Bill for At-Risk Kids
There are, perhaps, two or three times during a Utah Legislature when you get a really fine debate two sides taking positions and slugging it out articulately.Such was the caseTuesdayin the Utah House overHB96, House Majority Whip Greg Hughes' attempt to aid poor young chil...

Caucus vs. Count My Vote Battle Heats Up on the Hill
Two of the State Republican Party's management committees will meet in several weeks to take critical votes on which, if any, candidate nomination bills will get party leaders' support this general session....

Sen. Jones Pushing Plan to Put More Funds Into Education (Video)
Sen. Pat Jones has been fighting to bring more money into Utah's schools for more than a decade. Now, in her final year on Utah's Capitol Hill, her plan may have a chance....

Chaffetz Getting More Presidential Buzz
Rep. Jason Chaffetz's travel schedule is prompting more speculation he may be laying the groundwork for a presidential bid....

Legislation to Address Swallow Abuses Coming
The first four bill files have been opened to deal with the John Swallow scandal by the chair of the House's special investigation committee....

Featured Items

Lee Unveils Higher-Ed Reform Proposal
In a speech at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit, Sen. Mike Lee pitches legislationthat would expand opportunities for post-high school education....

As the Media Gets Bored With Obamacare, Is the Public Starting to Get on Board?
We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act: The deadline to sign up for coverage that was effective in January, the due date to pay for that coverage, and the deadline to enroll in coverage that is effective this month....

Owning Utah's Air Quality Problem
When Ted Wilson was Salt Lake City mayor in the 1980s, he liked to take morning jogs above the city's Avenues district to Twin Peaks....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Extra' school funding wasn't nearly enough

Committee kills bill to toughen seat belt laws

Bill would let parents see kids' test questions

Paul Rolly: Republican chooses bipartisanship on 'revenge-porn' bill

Senator: Add $1 to utility bills to clean up air

Stream access supporters rally for compromise bill

Senators wary of giving cops 'blanket' immunity in chases

Bill allowing tougher air standards in Utah barely advances

Utah advocates for poor call for minimum wage increase

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Technology can't replace humans in the classroom

Jay Evensen: When it comes to moving Utah's prison, learn from the past

Editorial: True to the law

House approves recognition day for Vietnam vets

School technology plan would begin with infrastructure and training, House Speaker Becky Lockhart says

House passes bill to fund preschool through private investment

Lawmaker, faith groups make plea to raise Utah minimum wage

Senate considers bill to exempt Utah spy center from energy tax

Recreationists lobby in favor of water access bill

Bill would give parents advanced access to statewide tests

House GOP waits to talk prison relocation

Bill targets 'aggressive' panhandling, conduct that 'impedes traffic'


Lockhart makes preliminary presentation on her education plan (Daily Herald)

Utah legislature continues bill to uproot the Colorado blue spruce as the state tree (Daily Herald)

Brad Wilson: Enterprise funds need to have appropriate transparency (Standard-Examiner)

Utah tree bill brings standing ovation (Standard-Examiner)

Weber officials make pitch to Legislature for funds to buy gun range (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House GOP surrenders on debt (The Hill)

Is college still worth it? Pew research says yes (Los Angeles Times)

Change Sought to Give Ex-Convicts Voting Rights (Wall Street Journal)

Departing Obama economic advisor remains optimistic about recovery (Los Angeles Times)

Obama defends delays as easing Obamacare's burden (Washington Times)

The Politics of Hillary Clinton's Marriage (Bloomberg)

White House Failed to Protect Benghazi Mission, House Report Concludes (ABC News)

Washington Free Beacon Ruthlessly Blasts, Forgives Andrea Mitchell for Criticizing Hillary Scoop (Mediaite)

New CBO Report Links Obamacare to Job Losses (CPA Practice Advisor)

N.Y. Pre-K Tax Falters as Senate Chief Backs Off Budget Threat (Bloomberg)

Walsh sworn in as Montana senator, replaces Baucus (Associated Press)

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