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Thursday, February 13, 2014
What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today - February 13, 2014
Swallow investigation looks to deal with deleted data. Lawmaker proposes plan to shut down the NSA facility. Gas tax measure moves out of committee.
Today's Utah political news highlights:
- 28 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
- 131 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 264 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 627 days to the 2015 elections
- 692 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
- 998 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- One of the outcomes from the committee investigating former Attorney General John Swallow is a focus on what to do when the subject of a legislative probe destroys data or documents [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Rep. Marc Roberts is proposing legislation that will essentially shut down the massive NSA data center in Bluffdale by cutting of the facility's water [Tribune].
- Meanwhile, another bill would exempt the NSA facility from paying taxes on utilities [Deseret News].
- A bill that would automatically increase the gas tax if the price of fuel rises moves out of a Senate committee [Tribune].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis says legislative Republicans and Gov. Herbert are "clueless" about the need for a statewide non-discrimination law [Standard-Examiner].
- Utah's Latino lawmakers say the legislatureneeds to take action on Medicaid expansion [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The proponents of "Count My Vote" say their initiative to replace caucuses with primary elections will give more electoral power to women voters [Tribune].
- Lawmakers get caught in the middle of a brewing tussle between Rocky Mountain Power and Kennecott Utah Copper [Tribune].
- Utah's farmers worry food prices could skyrocket without comprehensiveimmigration reform [Tribune].
- A bill raising the speed limit on some Utah highways to 80 mph takes another step forward [Tribune].
- Rep. Ken Ivory introduces a bill requiring constitutional notes on legislation to explain how legislation would help or hinder state sovereignty [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Jim Nielson wants to restrict panhandling next to state roads [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The first public school in what is now the United States was founded in Boston in 1635.
- A jury found Bruno Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnapping death of the son of Charles Lindberg in 1935.
- The League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland in 1920.
- France exploded its first atomic bomb in 1960.
- Konstantin Chernenko became general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee in 1984.
- French figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne was accused of throwing the pairs competition to the Russian team in 2002.
- Washington became the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2012.
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