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Thursday, February 12, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - February 12, 2015
Healthy Utah advances. Religious liberty and non-discrimination legislation starting to come to light. Constitutional amendment would limit the amount of federal money Utah could receive.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 28
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 180
- Days to the 2015 election - 264
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 340
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 347
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 502
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 635
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- A Senate committee advances a bill containing Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Tribune].
- Rep. Robert Spendlove unveils his "middle of the road" alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
- A number of bills aiming to combine non-discrimination and religious liberties are set to make their debut on the Hill in the coming weeks [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Efforts to combine religious liberty and non-discrimination legislation may be derailed due to internal politics [Utah Policy].
- A House committee approves a bill expanding same-day voter registration to early voting [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A proposed state constitutional amendment would limit the amount of federal money the state could receive [Utah Policy].
- Groups have made $241 million in requests for funding from lawmakers [Tribune].
- The Utah Senate advances a bill requiring high school students pass the same citizenship test given to immigrants in order to graduate [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Some House members propose renaming part of I-15 in honor of the late Speaker Becky Lockhart [Tribune].
- The Utah Transit Authority says ridership increased last year by 2-percent, which translates to 1 million riders [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this date in history:
- 1870 - Women in the Utah territory gained the right to vote.
- 1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York.
- 1915 - The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.
- 1999 - The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: 'Healthy Utah' deserves open legislative debate
Utah Senate advances civics test for high-school graduation
Time running out for Salt Lake City Council to solve golf woes
Legislature moves to create registry for unwed fathers
House votes to open bill naming Lockhart highway
Election-day registration may expand to early voting
Committee puts brakes on bill to let cities authorize new charter schools
USU, with help from Sen. Hillyard, seeking $1.5M taxpayer aid for athletics recruiting
Economic development or pork on parade? $241 million in requests to Utah Legislature committee
UTA sets ridership record with more than 45 million boardings
Religious-liberty bill seeks to protect Utah LGBT rights while allowing refusal of services
Resorts, conservationists prepared to compromise on future of Wasatch Mountains
Dan Liljenquist: Utah could benefit from adding Office of Inspector General
Lincoln Nehring, Meg Booth: CHIP is good for Utah children, taxpayers
Conservation poll shows Utahns worry about air pollution, water supplies
Bill requiring citizenship test for high schoolers passes Utah Senate
'Common sense' constitutional carry gun bill won't advance this session
Bills to boost eligible ballots advance through House committee
Senate committee approves English teaching technology bill
Utah residents, lawmakers discuss health care bill related to expanding coverage
Utah lawmaker unveils religious liberty recognition, protection bill
Patient advocate coalition urges lawmakers to adopt Healthy Utah
Utah's $150 million poultry and egg industry at risk from outbreak
Uintah transportation board seeks investigation after director resigns
UTA says ridership increased by 1 million in 2014
Mayor talks retail with residents at town-hall meeting (Daily Herald)
Health advocacy organizations make 'PUSH' for Utah's uninsured (Standard-Examiner)
Feds build bureaucracy to deal with Obama amnesty application onslaught (Washington Times)
Hillary Clinton's best frenemies (Politico)
IRS under a spotlight for freezing assets (Politico)
Ted Cruz's immigration gambit (Politico)
Obama's war powers request meets resistance from Democrats (The Hill)
Obama's ISIS war request runs into a brick wall with Congress (The Hill)
Shock poll: Warren leads Clinton in Iowa, N.H. (Washington Examiner)
Dems on FEC open to new regs on donors, Internet (Washington Examiner)
War against Islamic State: 5 questions Obama will have to address (Christian Science Monitor)
After six years, Congress confronts Obama with Keystone pipeline bill (Christian Science Monitor)
U.S. budget deficit widens a bit in January (Reuters)
All the Difference
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost Brainy Quote
"Obama presented a $4 trillion budget that he says would help the middle class. Then the middle class said, 'You know what? How about you just give us the $4 trillion? We'll figure out what to do with it.'" Jimmy FallonPolitical Humor