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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, February 5, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 330 days left in 2016.

Two medical marijuana bills move forward on Utah's Capitol Hill. Tax revenues may fall short of projections. Framework for Utah to manage public lands is unveiled.

The clock:

  • Four days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 15 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 18 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 22 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 37 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 49 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 81 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 147 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 280 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Lawmakers advance two separate medical marijuana proposals on Utah's Capitol Hill [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders try to out-progressive each other in their first one-on-one debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary [New York Times, Politico, Washington Post].
  3. Tax revenues may not meet projections, meaning lawmakers may not have as much money to spend this year as previously thought [Deseret News].
  4. Rep. Mike Noel unveils his sweeping proposal to set up a framework for the state to manage federal lands within its borders [Utah Policy].
  5. Legislative Democrats formally request all of the information about a legal brief prepared by the Commission of the Stewardship of Public Lands using taxpayer money [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utah files a lawsuit against the federal government claiming the plan to protect the sage grouse violates federal law [Deseret News, Fox 13]. 
  7. House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King is pushing back against an attempt by House Republicans to change the partisan makeup of two legislative committees [Utah Policy].
  8. A plan to increase funding for charter schools moves forward in the Utah Senate [Tribune].
  9. A federal judge sends the lawsuit over SB54 to the Utah Supreme Court [Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski sends an email to campaign supporters reassuring them about the staff changes she's making at City Hall [Tribune].

 On this day in history:

  • 1631 - British clergyman Roger Williams, who founded the colony of Rhode Island, arrived n Salem, Mass., seeking religious freedom.
  • 1937 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. Critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the court.
  • 1945 - American troops led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to Manila, liberating the Philippine capital from Japanese authority.
  • 1988 - The Arizona House of Representatives impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later convicted in the state Senate and removed from office.
  •  2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Iraq, saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
  • 2014 - The CVS Pharmacy chain announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by Oct. 1.

Today At Utah Policy

Noel's Bill Establishes Framework for Managing Public Lands in Utah

It would make sense that if Utah state government is to take control of millions of acres of federal lands, then the state would need an agency to manage it....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Polling Shows Why SB54 Will Change Utah's Politics

This past week, UtahPolicy ran several poll analysis stories based on data provided by Dan Jones & Associates, Utah’s premiere public opinion survey organization....

Democrats Bristling at GOP Attempt to Alter Makeup of Two Legislative Committees

House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, is pushing back hard against a plan by House Republicans to change the makeup of two legislative committees....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #270

Oh, what a busy first two weeks we've had in the 2016 Utah Legislature!...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #270

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

Ryan Warns Chaffetz: Don't Investigate Hillary

Speaker Paul Ryan orders House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz not to launch an investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email system. Ryan wants to leave the investigation to the FBI so as to avoid the appearance of a partisan witchhunt....

Weekly Survey: Is Pornography a Public Health Crisis?

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is sponsoring a resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis. What do you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Proposal Would Allow Motorists to Euthanize Animals if They're Severely Injured in an Auto Accident

If you have ever hit an animal with your car, you know the personal pain, especially if you have children with you.And if the animal is not immediately killed, well, it is just worse....

Proposal Adds More Accountability for Funds Issued by State School Board

Right now, if a local school board enters into an agreement with a group or program to use state funds, the state board of education has no way to audit if those funds are being used in the way they're intended....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Recreation: Meet the ‘elk club’ at Hardware Ranch-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- 45 Years: Tribune review  -- The Choice: Tribune review -- Hail, Cae...

Gov. Herbert Statement on Sage-Grouse Litigation
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the sage-grouse lawsuit filed by the Utah Attorney General’s office:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: ‘Food freedom’ bill would put Utah consumers at higher risk

Editorial: Bribing big business to do the right thing

Editorial: Utah’s current sex-ed rules made by people who were never teenagers

Utah Dems formally demand all the info on public-lands lawsuit

Shawna Cox files emergency motion to attend ‘LaVoy’ Finicum’s funeral

Rolly: Squeaky wheel? Story about Utah carmaker missing from TV station’s website

New mayor pushes back on ‘scrutiny’ of personnel changes at SLC City Hall

Some Utah lawmakers would like to ban smoking

A painless way for taxpayers to help the homeless: The Pamela Atkinson Trust Fund

House panel OKs measure for revised transportation tax in small counties

It’s an auto, no it’s a cyle — no bill says it’s an ‘autocyle’

Utah sues to halt plan for sage grouse proposal

Senate committee OKs $11M expansion of public preschool in Utah

Senate gives early approval to funding bump for Utah charter schools

Utah seems destined for water-conservation pricing, but some cities say it’s an unnecessary move

Proposal allowing scientific reviews of Utah water rules gets unanimous OK despite concerns about ‘elitist’ purpose

EPA funding research of ‘air toxics’ in West Valley City

Amid emotional testimony, two medical marijuana bills go forward

Deseret News

Op-ed: Stewardship must be a priority for Utah

Op-ed: The solution to Utah's water problems

Op-ed: Is the Division of Water Resources objective about Utah's water needs?

Editorial: Legislators need to better evaluate Utah's water

Dems demand all information on possible public lands lawsuit

Bill would create new designation for autocycles

Federal judge sends SB54 dispute to Utah Supreme Court

Committee approves $11.5M bill to expand public preschool

Lawmakers seek changes to find voter favor in local transportation tax hike

Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

State revenues may fall short of projections, lawmakers warned

'Step up' and contribute to homeless trust fund on tax forms, Herbert says

Proposed porn crisis resolution getting widespread attention

2 medical marijuana bills advance in Utah


Former District 6 Republican Party chairman announces candidacy (Daily Herald)

After 41 years, Spanish Fork says goodbye to its city manager (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Baby steps toward cleaner air (Standard-Examiner)

Medical marijuana bill that would legalize whole plant access takes step forward (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's two medical marijuana bills clear committee and head to full Senate (Standard-Examiner)

Draxler bill tweaking transportation sales tax OK'd by committee (Logan Herald Journal)

Albrecht praised by lawmakers, mum on future (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Clinton and Sanders get ugly (Politico)

Trump finally feels the Iowa hangover (Politico)

Clinton, Sanders tangle in heated debate (The Hill)

Clinton: Sanders should end ‘artful smear’ (The Hill)

Young Democrats Flock to Bernie Sanders, Spurning Hillary Clinton's Polish and Poise (New York Times)

Cruz: border security needed to stop addiction ‘epidemic’ (Associated Press)

Obama to seek new tax on oil in budget proposal (Reuters)

Lawmaker Wants To Go After Radical Mosques In Maryland (Daily Caller)

Sanders tops Clinton by 2-to-1 margin in New Hampshire (CNN)

Seeking funds for Flint, Democrats block energy bill (CNN)

‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli stays silent before Congress, calls lawmakers ‘imbeciles’ in tweet (Washington Post)


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