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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - February 27, 2015

Herbert hits back at the House over Healthy Utah. The Prison Relocation Commission will add two sites to their list. Medical marijuana advances out of a Senate committee.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 13
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 165
  • Days to the 2015 election - 249
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 325
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 332
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 487
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 620

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert hits House leaders for refusing to act on the Healthy Utah legislation [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. The "frail Utah" alternative to Healthy Utah falls in the Senate [Tribune].
  3. The Prison Relocation Commission will consider two more potential sites for moving the state prison [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Herbert says he puts the odds that the prison will end up moving at 50-50 [Tribune].
  5. Lawmakers are getting "very close" to unveiling non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation [Fox 13].
  6. Count My Vote organizers say a House proposal to kick the ultimate decision back to state delegates if no candidate in a primary election wins a majority of votes would be a violation of their agreement with lawmakers [Utah Policy].
  7. The Senate kills a proposed constitutional amendment to undo the Count My Vote compromise from last year [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The medical marijuana bill advances out of a Senate committee [Tribune].
  9. The Senate advances a 10-cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. A bill allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental medical treatments moves forward on the Hill [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1801 - The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
  • 1933 - Germany's Reichstag caught fire. The ruling Nazis, blaming Communists, used the fire as a pretext to suspend civil liberties.
  • 1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting presidents to two terms, was ratified.
  • 1973 - Members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, S.D. The occupation lasted until May.

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Prison Relocation Commission to Consider Two More Potential Sites
Sources tell UtahPolicy that when the Prison Relocation Commission meets Friday the seven members will consider two new sites for the half-billion-dollar prison – one in Tooele County and one in Utah County....

Count My Vote Organizers Worried by Bill Addressing Plurality Issue
Count My Vote organizers say a bid to kick the decision in the nomination process back to delegates if no candidate wins a majority in a primary election would be a violation of the compromise reached last year....

Herbert Threatens Veto Over Prison Relocation; Hits House for Blocking Healthy Utah (Updated)
Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday morning that he would veto any bill that cut the executive branch out of the decision to where the new half-billion-dollar state prison should be located....

Proposed Bill Could Eliminate Neglect from Utah's Child Welfare Law
A state Senator is proposing a minor change that could have far-reaching implications for the state's child welfare laws....

Weekly Survey: The Fate of Medicaid Expansion
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Why is the Legislature Talking About the Gas Tax In a Banner Economic Year?
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Speaker Hughes is right, Utah's health care status quo is brutal

Senators stand firm by 'Count My Vote' election deal

Rolly: Like Yogi Berra, this Utah lawmaker didn't always say what he said

Utah's Mia Love 'excited' to block Obama's immigration orders, suggests ousting McConnell if he can't deliver votes

Tweaked metal recycling bill is moving through legislature

State school board sticking with SAGE, for now

Alternative to Gov.'s Healthy Utah plan fails in Senate

Incumbent clerks soon will have name on ballot only once

Right to Try bill gives terminally ill patients hope

Senate advances 10-cent gasoline tax hike

Truth in advertising bill brings rowdy debate

Utah's Chaffetz: D.C. could face 'severe penalties' for legalizing pot

Utah Lawmakers seek to ease train crossing law enforcement

Amended metal recycling bill passes committee

Utah's medical marijuana bill clears its first hurdle

Utah State Prison throws open doors to make case for its move

Lee to conservatives: Shouting 'freedom' the loudest isn't a qualification to be president

Pioneer Park Coalition schism again chalked up as miscommunication over homeless housing

Fight over Healthy Utah raises tension between Gov. Gary Herbert and House Speaker Greg Hughes

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Healthy Utah is the state's most practical solution for now

Jay Evensen: Don't turn prison relocation decision over to a small group

Editorial: Hughes, House and Healthy Utah - governor's plan deserves debate and a vote

Bill to clarify prostitution laws advances through Senate committee

Committee OKs resolution supporting victims of sex abuse

Senate kills proposed amendment to undo Count My Vote deal

Lawmakers narrow selection of school board election bills

State School Board not canceling SAGE testing

With Healthy Utah stalled, lives still hang in the balance

Senate endorses bill to raise gas tax 10 cents per gallon

Medical marijuana gets initial political nod from Utah lawmakers

House passes bill to increase family death benefits of fallen officers

Senate passes bill to give terminally ill patients 'right to try'

Gov. Herbert increases pressure on House to hear Healthy Utah


Councilman Zappala: Former Cedar Hills mayor turns his life around, starts restaurant business (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Defining the line on rights (Standard-Examiner)

North Ogden lawmaker's 'Frail Utah' bill fails to advance in Senate (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner vs. McConnell (Politico)

Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid will meet with Bibi (Politico)

GOP drafting bills to avoid shutdown (The Hill)

Landmark Internet rules approved (The Hill)

Ted Cruz seeks role of 'disruptive app'; some colleagues would hit delete (Los Angeles Times)

Law Puts US Capital at Heart of Legalized Marijuana Debate (Voice of America)

Chris Christie Turns to Media-Bashing at CPAC Gathering (ABC News)

Telecom industry slams FCC net neutrality move (FOX News)

Ted Cruz slams Obama, Clinton in fiery CPAC speech (USA Today)

Loretta Lynch passes key Senate hurdle. Set to be next attorney general? (Christian Science Monitor)

Khaled al-Fawwaz, accused member of Al Qaeda, convicted for role in U.S. embassy bombings (New York Daily News)

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