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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:

  1. A Senate committee advances a bill containing Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Tribune].
  2. Rep. Robert Spendlove unveils his "middle of the road" alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  3. 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].
  4. Efforts to combine religious liberty and non-discrimination legislation may be derailed due to internal politics [Utah Policy].
  5. A House committee approves a bill expanding same-day voter registration to early voting [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A proposed state constitutional amendment would limit the amount of federal money the state could receive [Utah Policy].
  7. Groups have made $241 million in requests for funding from lawmakers [Tribune].
  8. 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].
  9. Some House members propose renaming part of I-15 in honor of the late Speaker Becky Lockhart [Tribune].
  10. 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.

Today At Utah Policy

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Limit Federal Funds Utah Could Receive
Conservative legislators have been complaining for several years about how much federal money comes into the state’s $14 billion annual budget....

Religious Liberty and Non-Discrimination Legislation Set to Debut
Legislation regarding religious liberties and non-discrimination is beginning to trickle out on Utah's Capitol Hill, but there's a long way to go before resolution....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Self Preservation vs. Public Good
There’s a commonality among lawmakers who are seeking to undo the Count My Vote compromise....

Weekly Survey: Medicaid Expansion
Lawmakers are considering a number of Medicaid expansion proposals this year. Which one do you think is most likely to pass? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Spendlove Proposes 'Middle of the Road' Medicaid Expansion
For several months the Medicaid expansion debate on Utah’s Capitol Hill has been between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah and the “medically frail” alternative advocated by a number of legislative Republicans....

Hatch Slams Obama's 'Utterly Stupid' ISIS Plan
Sen. Orrin Hatch says Pres. Obama's ISIS war authorization request places unnecessary and self-defeating restrictions on the U.S. military....

Possibility of Combined Non-Discrimination, Religious Liberty Legislation in Doubt
Capitol Hill sources tell UtahPolicy that strong personalities, feelings and internal politics could rip apart the idea that one of the most controversial measures in the 2015 Legislature – a combined bill on anti-discrimination for gays and religious freedom guarantee...

Coalition of Health Organizations Urge Adoption of Healthy Utah
A coalition of health advocacy organizations have joined forces to throw their support behind Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan....

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Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)

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