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Friday, February 20, 2015

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Herbert is scaling back Healthy Utah. House GOP can't come to a consensus on Medicaid expansion. Utahns mostly rely on television to follow legislative news.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 20
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 172
  • Days to the 2015 election - 256
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 332
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 339
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 494
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 627

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert is scaling back his Healthy Utah proposal in an effort to make it more palatable to lawmakers [Deseret News].
  2. The House GOP caucus, meeting behind closed doors, still cannot come to a consensus about Healthy Utah [Tribune].
  3. Sen. Mark Madsen is proposing a bill to legalize medical marijuana [Tribune].
  4. Sen. Stuart Adams says the effort to merge non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation is extremely difficult [Deseret News].
  5. A new poll shows Utahns mostly rely on television to follow news from the Legislature, while hardly anyone uses Twitter [Utah Policy].
  6. Lawmakers kill a proposal that would pay tipped workers the federal minimum wage [Associated Press].
  7. House leaders unveil their proposal for raising the gasoline tax that is technically not a tax hike [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Ken Ivory is sponsoring legislation that would eliminate the statue of limitations for sexual abuse cases [Utah Policy].
  9. The House approves a measure requiring pornography filters on school computers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Walmart says it will increase the minimum wage it pays employees to $9 per hour [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1809 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
  • 1839 - Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
  • 1938 - British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigned in protest over Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
  • 1962 - John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

Today At Utah Policy

Where Do Utahns Get News About the Legislature?
Utahns rely most on television to get news about the Utah legislature, but younger news consumers are gravitating more towards online news sources....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: House GOP Struggling with Medicaid Expansion
Some Utah House Republicans have a tough decision to make: Just how hard are they going to fight against the GOP Senate and Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s “Healthy Utah” Medicaid expansion plan?...

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #225 (Video)
We've passed the halfway point of the 2015 legislature, and there's still a ton of work for lawmakers to do....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #225
We've passed the halfway point of the 2015 legislature, and there's still a ton of work for lawmakers to do....

Podcast: Speaker Greg Hughes on the Halfway Point of the 2015 Utah Legislature
House Speaker Greg Hughes talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about where the Utah Legislature is at the halfway point. ...

Legislation Would Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Cases
Compared to other U.S. states, Utah is a pretty good place for a child sexual predator. And Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, wants to change that....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Press Release: Count My Vote Seeks to Deceive Public About Utah GOP
Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following statement in response to a deceptive tactic by Count My Vote on social media....

Highway Users Focus on Legislative Issues
Transportation-related legislation has been a hot item during this legislative session. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Prison reform package would be a great step forward

Artificial insemination donors may need to provide medical history

Bill advances to allow the terminally ill to use experimental drugs

House GOP split on Medicaid expansion

First for Utah: Lawmaker seeks to legalize medicinal marijuana

Bill would require anti-porn filters on school computers

Bishop, Hatch preach federalism to Legislature

Rolly: 'White Section' at Utah Capitol? It's not what you think

Utah GOP leaders support delaying Count My Vote compromise

House proposes gas-tax hike that isn't

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Cut the Utah Legislature some slack

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion might not be as helpful as we're meant to think

Hatch, Bishop talk public lands, Hill Air Force Base with Utah lawmakers

Huge chamber to test biological weapons testers debuts at Dugway

House reconsiders bill to create voter turnout task force

Merging religious rights, nondiscrimination would be 'miraculous,' state senator says

Lawmakers encourage Utah's ethnic youths to pursue educational excellence

School computer coding bill passes first vote in Senate

Guv cuts back Healthy Utah proposal but House still undecided on Medicaid expansion

Bill to give terminally ill patients 'right to try' investigational drugs, devices passes House

School Internet filtering bill gets thumbs up from House

Utah Senate urges Congress to permit long, heavy trucks on Western highways

Lawmakers pass bill exempting nursing mothers from jury duty

Bill to boost minimum wage for tipped workers fails in committee

Gov. Gary Herbert plans lesson on federalism as National Governors Association chairman

Lawmakers looking at how open records law applies to police body-cam video


Editorial: Say no to guv pay raise (Standard-Examiner)

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

Congressman Bishop urges Utah House to use fewer federal dollars (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden lawmaker floats bill for individuals conceived by artificial insemination (Standard-Examiner)

Clinton lawmaker poised to raise taxes on e-cigarette products (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Jeb, the Introvert (Politico)

Benjamin Netanyahu takes another swipe at the White House (Politico)

Obama plays defense on Islam (The Hill)

Warren acknowledges 2016 supporters, says public 'ready to fight back' (The Hill)

Covered California Sends Out 100,000 Inaccurate Tax Forms; About 1 In 8 Get Wrong Info (Associated Press)

'Superbug' Outbreak Raises Questions About Medical Scope (Associated Press)

Team Christie brushes off reports Jeb Bush is scooping up all the donors (CNN)

Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties (Nasdaq)

Obama accused of skirting Islamic extremist threat, at 'summit without substance' (FOX News)

Mother Jones accuses Bill O'Reilly of hyping his war-zone experiences (Washington Post)

Giuliani defends Obama criticism, says president doesn't believe in American exceptionalism (FOX News)

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