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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - February 19, 2015

New revenue numbers give lawmakers an extra $100 million to spend. Poll shows Utahns are split on a gas tax hike. Lawmakers unveil a massive overhaul of Utah's criminal justice system.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 21
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 173
  • Days to the 2015 election - 257
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 333
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 340
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 495
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 628

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. New revenue numbers show lawmakers will have an extra $100 million to play with as they set the final budget [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Utahns are split over whether lawmakers should increase the gasoline tax according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  3. Senate sources say it's likely the votes are there to pass the Healthy Utah proposal when it comes up for a floor vote [Utah Policy].
  4. Lawmakers unveil a sweeping proposal for overhauling Utah's criminal justice system aimed at reducing recidivism [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. House Speaker Greg Hughes discusses the 2015 Legislature at the halfway point [Utah Policy].
  6. A bill providing for partisan school board elections clears the Senate and now heads to the house [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Sen. Curt Bramble is sponsoring a change to the state's open-records law, but nobody is quite sure what the bill will do yet [Tribune].
  8. The Utah House puts the kibosh on a proposed task force to study why Utah's voter turnout has plummeted [Tribune].
  9. The Crossroads Urban Center pulls out of a coalition of homeless service providers, saying the group is trying to relocate the homeless away from the neighborhood surrounding Pioneer Park [Tribune].
  10. Real Salt Lake owner Del Loy Hansen says he will not "hire any lobbyists" in the effort to get lawmakers to approve a privately-funded minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1881 - Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
  • 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
  • 2007 - New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.
  • 2008 - An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power.

Today At Utah Policy

Sources: Senate Has Enough Support to Pass Healthy Utah
Senate sources tell that enough support exists in that body to pass the Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion alternative when it comes up for a floor vote....

Poll: Utah Residents Split on Gas Tax Hike
50% of Utahns favor increasing the gasoline tax, while 47% are opposed....

Proposal Would Put Democrats at a Disadvantage on the Hill
House GOP leaders are considering a move to give the majority party two more votes on the Legislative Management Committee – which actually decides how the Legislature works....

Speaker Greg Hughes Discusses the Halfway Point of the 2015 Utah Legislature (Video)
House Speaker Greg Hughes talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about where the Utah Legislature is at the halfway point....

Utah's Budget Picture Gets Rosier
Good news on Utah’s Capitol Hill Wednesday night....

GOP Sends Letter to Utah Senators Supporting Delay in Count My Vote Compromise
Utah GOP Chairman James Evans sent a letter to Republican Senators urging them to pass SB 43 which delays the Count My Vote compromise until 2018....

Senate Committee Approves Bill Tightening Reigns on GOED
A less than flattering state audit of the Governor's Office of Economic Development is prompting some changes on Utah's Capitol Hill....

Featured Items

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Even in Utah, driving is a privilege, not a right

Spouses of fallen officers laud bill offering more support

House kills voter participation task force bill

GRAMA bill advances amid mystery about what it will do

New money, short sunset latest attempts to sell Healthy Utah

Senate clears property tax increase, sends it to the House

Revenues rosy as budget building begins

Lee and Love visit Legislature, pitch smaller federal government

New Utah prison-reform bill would reduce drug penalties

Senate approves bill to make Utah's four largest school districts have partisan boards

Service provider resigns from Pioneer Park Coalition, saying group's goal is 'relocation' of homeless

Deseret News

Henri Sisneros: Call for task force can be a civilly empowering opportunity

Dan Liljenquist: Pending Greek tragedy: Tsipras plays risky game with Eurozone creditors

Jay Evensen: Pizza delivery isn't our biggest drone challenge

Editorial: Federal injunction the latest bump in rocky road to immigration reform

Child sexual abuse survivors urge lawmakers to eliminate statute of limitations

Voting task force sought by lieutenant governor voted down in House

Groups challenge Utah over mine expansion

Property tax increase to equalize school funding gets Senate approval, awaits vote in House

Partisan school board election bill gets final OK from Senate

Bill would make 'epic shift' in Utah's criminal justice system

Salt Lake NAACP denounces religious rights bill

Legislature to consider massive land trade for training range

State revenue projections up $100 million

Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Mia Love want to give more power to states


Editorial: Weapon responsibility falls on gun owner (Daily Herald)

Landmark legislation would revamp Utah's criminal justice system (Standard-Examiner)

Clearfield lawmaker unveils benefits bill for families of fallen officers (Standard-Examiner)

Bill would recognize Vietnam vets by naming road after them (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Jeb's Foreign Policy, by George (Politico)

Clintons raised $2B for foundation since 2001 (The Hill)

Immigration advocates press Obama to act quickly (The Hill)

Scott Walker is a conservative hero, and liberals have themselves to blame for it (Washington Post)

Obama: countering violent extremism depends on Muslim support (Reuters)

Emails to Florida Reporters Show a Jeb Bush Eager to Engage (New York Times)

Justice Dept. could sue Ferguson for racial discrimination (CNN)

Anti-pot group says lawsuit will challenge Colorado marijuana laws (Reuters)

Immigrants Advised to Prepare Paperwork While Waiting for Deferred Action Ruling (ABC News)

Obama Picks Joseph Clancy to Be Secret Service's Permanent Chief (New York Times)

Hillary Clinton easy Dem choice in 2016 in California, poll says (San Francisco Chronicle)

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