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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - February 4, 2015

Another vote to repeal Obamacare. Clean air bill fails to advance. A Proposed change to Utah school board elections moves forward.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 36
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 188
  • Days to the 2015 election - 272
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 348
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 355
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 510
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 643

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. House once again votes to repeal Obamacare [National Journal].
  2. A new poll shows most Utahns would favor raising teacher salaries to match the national average [Utah Policy].
  3. Rep. Brian Greene makes a baffling statement about whether having sex with an unconscious spouse should be construed as rape [Tribune].
  4. Rep. Jon Cox, who voted for SB 54, says the legislature should not try to delay implementation of the dual-track nomination system [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Kraig Powell wants to raise the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 [Deseret News].
  6. A bill that would allow officials to revoke the registration of cars that emit too much smoke fails to advance [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A Senate committee pushes forward with a bill to make school board elections partisan affairs [Deseret News].
  8. A bill would change Utah's oath of office to give the state priority over the United States [Tribune].
  9. A proposed seasonal ban on woodburning is facing big changes after public outcry [Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gives his State of the County address [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1801 - John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
  • 1861 - Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America.
  • 2004 - The social networking website Facebook was launched.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Favor Raising Teacher Salaries
Nearly ¾ of Utahns want to see teacher salaries increased so that they are more in line with national averages, but that support wanes slightly when they learn about the idea’s $250 million price tag....

Poll: Utahns Think State is on the Right Track
Utahns generally agree that the state is on the right track....

Utah Senate Making Some Tweaks to Their Committee Rules
Sometimes you need to write your rules down so everybody is on the same page....

Appointing Instead of Electing School Board Members
A proposal on Utah's Capitol Hill would make the 15 members of the State School Board appointed by the governor instead of elected....

Cows and Beehives and Horses! Oh, my!
Seems every Legislature there are bills about animals – our two-footed, four-footed or six-footed friends who need something, we’re told, from Utah lawmakers....

Keys to the Governor's Budget (Video)
Gov. Herbert’s budget proposes right-sizing the amount of funding currently earmarked from sales and use tax in order to invest in education while also addressing the need to fund transportation for the long-term. ...

Featured Items

Don't Delay SB 54
Last year, the Utah State Legislature passed SB 54, a compromise bill that dramatically changed our state’s elections process. I voted no on the bill in hopes of preserving our state’s caucus system....

Utah Companies Showcase Strength of the State's Life Sciences Sector at Arab Health
Utah showcased its strong life sciences industry at January’s Arab Health trade show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ...

Mayor Becker Issues Executive Order to Increase Energy Efficiency at City Facilities
Today Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker issued an Executive Order designed to maximize superior energy management at all Salt Lake City facilities. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Police raids need to be reined in

Massive Utah cyberattacks - up to 300 million per day - may be aimed at NSA facility

Car sales tax could move from dealer's city to buyer's

City annexation bill would allow 'islands'

Rolly: Reyes discusses sex trafficking, makes amends with Rotarians

Lawmakers: Utah should be first, feds second in oath

Bill attacking Utahns' smoky cars fails to advance

State of Salt Lake County: Mayor McAdams pledges this 'legacy for future generations'

Utah lawmaker questions whether sex with an unconscious person is rape 'in every instance'

Deseret News

James Hansen: Congressional candidates should live in the district they represent

Utah oil producer to clean up wetlands, pay EPA fine

Technology bill for English teachers gets thumbs up from House

Legislative proposals seek changes to 'loved to death' Goblin Valley, Little Sahara parks

The New Yorker has declared Utah to be the next Silicon Valley

Effort to crack down on 'smoking' vehicles chokes in committee hearing

Mayor Ben McAdams 'bullish' on Salt Lake County's future

Utah lawmaker proposes raising legal smoking age to 21

Bid to make school boards partisan clears first legislative hurdle

Legislative committee approves bill to fund computer coding classes in Utah schools

Lawmakers recommend more education money to get smaller classes

Proposed seasonal wood-burning ban faces likely revision

Mountain Accord unveils grand plan for central Wasatch Front


Pamela Openshaw: Anti-discrimination legislation wants to fool mother nature (Daily Herald)

Why Bus Rapid Transit will likely move forward despite the opposition (Daily Herald)

Provo mayor calls for unity, compassion for all residents (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Why we need student-centered education (Standard-Examiner)

Brad Wilson: Legislative work being done on air quality (Standard-Examiner)

Bill defining consent for sex clears House committee (Standard-Examiner)

USTAR officials make case for continued funding before legislative subcommittee (Logan Herald Journal)

BRAG releases statement describing positions on legislative issues (Logan Herald Journal)

Increase in sales tax to fund transit? (Park Record)

National Headlines

Islamic State video purports to show captured pilot being burned to death (Washington Post)

Hillary plays the grandma card (Politico)

Rand Paul does damage control on vaccines while getting a booster shot (The Hill)

Pot Politics: 2016 GOP hopefuls on their past marijuana use (The Hill)

The Legacy of Debt: Interest Costs Poised to Surpass Defense and Nondefense Discretionary Spending (Wall Street Journal)

White House: Deficit Will Increase 20% This Year (Despite Record Tax Revenue) (CNSNews)

Boehner Calls Out Cruz, Sessions on Immigration (National Journal)

Jeb Bush: GOP frontrunner or Jon Huntsman 2.0? (NBC News)

Sen. Jeff Sessions blasts Dems after immigration bill passed by House stalls in Senate (

NSA critics underwhelmed by Obama's tweaks (The Hill)

EPA: Cheap oil raises Keystone's climate impact (Politico)

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