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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 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
On this day in history:
- 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].
- 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.
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