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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - February 25, 2015
Count My Vote delay falls in the Senate. Healthy Utah wins Senate approval, but there's not enough support in the House. Lawmakers may sidestep a vote on relocating the prison.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 15
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 167
- Days to the 2015 election - 251
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 327
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 334
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 489
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 622
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- The Utah Senate kills a proposed delay to the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan wins preliminary support in the Senate, but House leadership says there is not enough support in their body to pass the Medicaid expansion alternative [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Lawmakers may let the prison commission make the final decision on relocating the Utah State Prison, allowing them to sidestep a politically risky vote [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Gov. Herbert says he's still optimistic that lawmakers will go along with his proposal to pump $500 million into public education coffers [Deseret News].
- A new poll finds 55% of Utahns support the fight to win control of public lands from the feds [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Senate passes a bill giving the Utah Attorney General 18-months to file a lawsuit laying claim to public lands within the state's borders [Tribune].
- Gov. Herbert is worried a proposed death with dignity bill could turn into a "Kevorkian scheme" [Tribune].
- A Senate panel approves
- A bill setting campaign contribution limits clears a House committee [Deseret News].
- Registration fees for alternative fuel cars could see a huge jump under a bill approved by the Senate Transportation Committee [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1791 - The First Bank of the U.S. at Philadelphia became the first national bank chartered by Congress.
- 1836 - Samuel Colt patented a "revolving gun."
- 1870 - Hiram Rhoades Revels, a Mississippi Republican, was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African-American in Congress.
- 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.
Today At Utah Policy
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|Senate Kills Bill to Delay Count My Vote Compromise|
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Medical marijuana is not sensible therapy
Editorial: Utah prolongs lost battle over public lands
Lobbyists, lawyers take Jordanelle land battle to the Hill
Tougher Utah seat-belt law heads for home stretch
$60 billion needed over 20 years for Utah roads, water, waste facilities
'Right to Try' bill for experimental drugs advances in Senate
Bill advances to stop police snooping in 'electronic medicine cabinet'
Scrap-metal industry's attempt to fend off local recycling regulations stalls
Committee approves bill clarifying parents' right to opt students out of testing
Senate passes bill that sets deadline for land transfer suit
Registration fees for alternative-fuel cars may skyrocket
Bill would allow motorized travel on Bear Lake beaches
Lawmakers plug noses to send Healthy Utah to final Senate vote
Utah lawmakers advance bill to let adults learn about sperm-donor dads
Rolly: Heavy-handed government? It takes one to know one, Utah Legislature
Senate stands by 'Count My Vote' compromise, rejects delay
Utah guv concerned about aid-in-dying bill becoming 'Kevorkian scheme'
Prison commission wants power to pick new location, give final approval for move
Despite lawmaker growls, Utah closer to getting an official state dog
Bill seeks statewide standards for use of police body cameras
Council recommends SLC mayor close up to 3 more golf courses
Op-ed: Capital punishment debates highlight flaws in criminal justice system
Roger Beattie: Fairgrounds soccer stadium could boost investment in SLC
Jay Evensen: Require a civics test? Americans have a long history of ignorance
Richard Davis: Utah floundering in low voter turnout, but House declines bill to look at causes, solutions
Op-ed: Healthy Utah means improving access to care
Editorial: Legislature should give SAGE some time rather than look to another educational quick-fix
Bill setting campaign contribution limits passes committee
Index declines, still indicates consumer optimism
Civil engineers give Utah infrastructure a C+
Families lobby lawmakers for 'right to try' investigational drugs, devices
Senate panel endorses bill to raise vehicle registration fees
Bill to allow different air quality rules than EPA clears House
Class size reduction bill passes Senate
Bill seeking school capital funding equity approved by Senate committee
Lawmakers asked to give commission authority to relocate state prison
Governor still 'optimistic' about $500M increase to public education
High schoolers may see more incentives for early graduation
Advocates lobby for stronger animal welfare laws
Bill eases restrictions on police drone use for search-and-rescue, training
Resolution designating 'Religious Freedom Day' passes House
Bill clarifies law allowing parents to opt children out of school testing
Utah Senate rejects delay to Count My Vote compromise
Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan considered by Senate, finds no support in House
Officer in parade controversy speaks out on religious liberty
David Kennard: Lawmakers get serious about mundane bills (Daily Herald)
Why this Utah County family is hoping for legalized marijuana (Daily Herald)
Brad Wilson: Pay raise for governor long overdue (Standard-Examiner)
Op-ed: Tax phobia in Utah hinders quality of life (Standard-Examiner)
Utah Senate kills bill to delay Count My Vote compromise (Standard-Examiner)
Northern Utah tourism on the mend from recession (Standard-Examiner)
Civil engineers give average grades to Utah infrastructure (Standard-Examiner)
Utah Senate stifles bill to enable stricter air quality standards (Standard-Examiner)
Equalization bill would send local taxes to other school districts (Park Record)
President Obama vetoes Keystone bill; GOP plans override vote (Politico)
IRS won't collect on bad returns from Obamacare glitch (Politico)
Hugh Hewitt talks GOP debate (Politico)
HHS head: No ObamaCare backup plan (The Hill)
McConnell ready to move 'clean' bill to avert Homeland Security shutdown (The Hill)
Boehner: Obama veto is 'national embarrassment' (The Hill)
Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but pipeline saga is far from over (Christian Science Monitor)
Antonio Villaraigosa to sit out U.S. Senate race (Sacramento Bee)
Scott Walker and RNC slam media 'double standard.' Why? (Christian Science Monitor)
Bush to meet with top donors in Miami in April (Washington Post)
NJ's Christie strikes teachers' pension deal, seeks broader pact (Reuters)
"The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family." Lee Iacocca Brainy Quote
"A tell-all book by David Axelrod, one of President Obama's former strategists, reveals that Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP because of his energy and enthusiasm. You know, the qualities you look for in someone whose main job is traveling to state funerals." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor