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Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Ten Things you Need to Know for Thursday - February 26, 2015
Medicaid expansion may be dead this session. Madsen unveils medical marijuana legislation. Prison move could cause political fallout.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 14
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 166
- Days to the 2015 election - 250
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 326
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 333
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 488
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 621
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- The Utah Senate passes the Healthy Utah plan, but House leaders say the plan is dead [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Sen. Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund says there's a good chance the 2015 session will end without lawmakers taking action on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Mark Madsen unveils his proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Utah after admitting he tried cannabis on a recent trip to Colorado [Deseret News, Tribune].
- If lawmakers give the Prison Relocation Commission the final say on moving the prison, it could cause political problems for some legislators [Utah Policy].
- Conservative groups are leading the charge against a bill calling for Utah to join a Constitutional Convention [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Real Salt Lake owner Del Loy Hansen rescinds his offer to pay for a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
- A House panel advances a measure to reduce the penalty for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit on public transit [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A proposed bill would have the ultimate effect of stripping former Attorney General John Swallow's state pension if he's convicted [Tribune].
- Former Senator Bob Bennett announces he's suffering from pancreatic cancer [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- A new report says Utah's tourism industry is bouncing back following the great recession [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1919 - Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
- 1952 - Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced the United Kingdom had an atomic bomb.
- 1993 - A powerful bomb exploded in the parking garage below the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The blast killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
- 2012 - Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Florida during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claimed he acted in self-defense.
Today At Utah Policy
|Prison Relocation Could Cause Collateral Political Damage|
The surprise announcement in Tuesday’s open House GOP caucus that Republican leaders don’t want the Legislature as a whole to decide where the new half-a-billion-dollar prison will be built, upon reflection, shows not only a bit of political dodge ball,...
|House Says Healthy Utah is Finished|
Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes may say fellow Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion is dead in the House, but Senate leaders and the bill’s sponsor say “not so fast.”...
|'Right to Try' Legislation is Elegant Private-Sector Solution|
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|The Case For Reform and Against Healthy Utah|
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