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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - February 24, 2015

Utahns overwhelmingly support plan for massive school funding boost. The Senate advances proposed constitutional amendment to kill Count My Vote. Non-discrimination legislation coming later this week.

Countdown:

  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 16
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 168
  • Days to the 2015 election - 252
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 328
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 335
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 490
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 623

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Nearly 7 in 10 Utahns support Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to pump $500 million into Utah's public schools [Utah Policy].
  2. The Utah Senate advances a proposed state constitutional amendment that would override the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Capitol Hill sources say legislators should unveil their non-discrimination and religious liberty proposals later this week [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah legislators are now taking applications from outside lawyers tho want to aid the state in the fight over control of public lands [Tribune].
  5. Senators kill a bill allowing the state to adopt tougher clean-air standards than those set by the federal government [Deseret News].
  6. A Senate panel approves a bill clamping down on anonymous campaign donations [Deseret News].
  7. A Senate committee holds a measure banning those under the age of 19 from entering tobacco shops on concerns it may set up some unintended consequences [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. Lobbyists may ditch wearing nametags under a proposed bill approved by a Senate committee on Monday [Tribune].
  9. A bill requiring new drivers to take an additional written test before getting their license wins final approval and now heads to the governor [Tribune].
  10. The House passes a measure giving teachers a modest tax credit for buying classroom supplies with their own money [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1803 - The Supreme Court ruled in Marbury v. Madison that they were the final interpreter of constitutional issues.
  • 1868 - The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
  • 1920 - The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
  • 2006 - South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Support Herbert's Proposal to Add $500 Million to Education Funding
Utahns heavily support GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s request to put an extra $500 million into public education next year, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King on Medicaid Expansion and Utah's Booming Economy (Video)
House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King says he's worried lawmakers will walk away from a good deal in the Healthy Utah plan because of ideology....

Senate Advances Constitutional Amendment to Give Parties Ultimate Power in Putting Candidates on Ballot
The Utah Senate advanced a proposed amendment to the state constitution giving political parties absolute authority on how they select their candidates. ...

Hatch to Unveil Plan B for Obamacare
Sen. Orrin Hatch says he has abackup plan ready for Obamacare in case the Supreme Court rules against the law this summer....

Legislators Getting Closer to Unveiling Non-Discrimination and Religious Liberty Legislation
By the end of this week a bill (or bills) should be introduced that best reflect the GOP majority’s idea on religious freedom rights, sources tell UtahPolicy....

Bill Would Eliminate Mandated Safety Inspections for Newer Vehicles
Many, if not most, of the bills Utah lawmakers file would, in real life, not impact their constituents....

Senate Committee Holds Bill Prohibiting Minors in Tobacco Shops
A Utah Senate committee held a bill to prevent those under the age of 19 from entering specialty tobacco shops on worries that it might set up some unintended consequences....

Featured Items


McCarthey Family Foundation Announces $2,500.00 Essay Competition for Students at Colleges and Universities in Utah
In conjunction with the annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism, students at colleges and universities in Utah are invited to submit an original essay of 500 words. The winning essayist on the topic listed below will r...

Utah's First Annual STEM Fest Will Let Students Get Their Hands on Science and Technology
Research has proven that one of the best ways to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math is with hands-on activities. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Keep Utah's research pipeline flowing

Rolly: Utah GOP clout surfaces in Bear Lake battle

Senators douse bill banning youths from Utah smoke shops

Utah Senate approves another new-driver test, pricier driving cards for immigrants

State dog bill advances - barely

Lack of confidence and a mindset that women have no role in leadership keeps Utah women down, report says

House advances supply expense tax credit

Lawmakers seek applicants to develop $2 million land transfer legal strategy

Rule changes for lobbyists, corporations advance

House passes bill to allow Zenefits to continue business

Senate shoots down clean-air rule measure

Utah liquor panel to revisit proposals to curb underage drinking violations at bars, restaurants

Senators call for an end to SAGE testing in Utah schools

Herbert, governors tout bipartisanship solutions after White House meeting

Amendment advances to overturn 'Count My Vote' compromise

Pioneer Park Coalition sees another resignation, more member confusion

Deseret News

Op-ed: Allowing export of U.S. crude oil would help keep prices low and create growth in domestic oil industry

Op-ed: Utah education fails children, future state economy

Editorial: Targeted education helps prepare students for new wave of tech-related employment opportunities

Building code bill clears legislative committee

Utah lawmakers show support for Parliament of the World's Religions

National service groups visit Utah Capitol to tout programs

Senate to debate bill to delay Count My Vote compromise

Bill would eliminate statute of limitations on civil actions related to child sexual abuse

Senate panel favors bill to ban anonymous political campaign donations

State moves forward on federal public lands bid

Legislature mediating bitter dispute over idle Wastach County sewer plant

Lawmakers back off horse-tripping ban

Clean air measure dies in Utah Senate

House panel approves bill to require citizenship test for high school degree

House passes bill to increase select teacher salaries

Gov. Herbert: 'Let chips go where they may' on Homeland Security shutdown

Other

Utah County schools receive $7 million (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Hill shortage = education needs (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to regulate vans and shuttles for railroad crews draws fans and foes (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to halt horse-tripping advances out of committee Monday (Standard-Examiner)

Dueling Bear Lake access bills before the Legislature (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

What if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare? (Politico)

President Obama's war push faces rift with the left (Politico)

No 'drama or fanfare' for Keystone veto, WH says (The Hill)

Hawaii Dem 'mind-boggled' Pentagon would brief on Iraq War plan (The Hill)

President Paul? Wall Street on high alert (Politico)

Mall Threat 'Not Likely' to Inspire Attacks Soon, Feds Say, But Malls Prepare for Worst (ABC News)

If Homeland Security Funding Lapses, Many Guards Would Work Without Pay (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Justice Department asks for stay to allow immigration action (Reuters)

Frank Zappa turned Jeb Bush's wedding photo into Kodak moment (USA Today)

Poll: Ted Cruz leads in Texas, but here comes Scott Walker (USA Today)

NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies (Guardian)







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