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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:

  1. The Utah Senate kills a proposed delay to the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. 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].
  3. 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].
  4. 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].
  5. A new poll finds 55% of Utahns support the fight to win control of public lands from the feds [Utah Policy].
  6. 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].
  7. Gov. Herbert is worried a proposed death with dignity bill could turn into a "Kevorkian scheme" [Tribune].
  8. A Senate panel approves
  9. A bill setting campaign contribution limits clears a House committee [Deseret News].
  10. 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

Poll: Majority of Utahns Support Fight for Control of Public Lands
A majority of Utahns support efforts by Utah lawmakers to wrest control of public lands in the state away from the federal government....

Will Herbert Have to Shift to Damage Control?
Tuesday was not a good day for GOP Gov. Gary Herbert in the 2015 Legislature....

Lawmakers Heading Toward Showdown Over Healthy Utah
The Utah Senate advanced a stripped down version of Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan while House leadership made it clear the issue is DOA if it gets to them....

Lawmakers May Cede Final Say on Prison Relocation Decision to Committee
In what must be considered a unique political move by the Utah Legislature, lawmakers are on the verge of giving a seven-member prison relocation commission the power of deciding where a new $500-million-to-$600-million prison will be located – sidestepping the locatio...

Bill Sets Limits for State Hiring Outside Counsel
When the Utah Attorney General's office hires outside counsel to pursue cases, many times it's on a contingent fee where the outside group gets a portion of the money recovered. Sen. Stuart Adams wants to set some concrete guidelines for establishing, and opting out ...

Senate Kills Bill to Delay Count My Vote Compromise
GOP Senate leaders had told UtahPolicy that the SB54 delay bill would die in their body, and, indeed, Sen. Scott Jenkins’ attempt to delay the political party candidate nomination change did die Tuesday....

Podcast: A Conversation with House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan
Utah House Majority leader Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, discusses the 2015 Utah Legislature's big issues with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....

Bill Targets Loophole in Utah's Prostitution Law
There's a glaring loophole in Utah's laws regarding prostitution. If something other than money is exchanged for sex, it's not illegal....

Featured Items

Salt Lake City to Host Community Dialogue Series on Use of Force Issues
Residents are invited to join Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and a panel of experts and community stakeholders for the first of a series of community dialogues on use of force issues on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the Tessman Auditorium...

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)

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