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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - March 10, 2015
Teachers rally at the Capitol for more education funding. Medical marijuana legislation narrowly dies in the Senate. Lawmakers still looking for a compromise on Medicaid expansion.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 2
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 154
- Days to the 2015 election - 238
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 314
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 321
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 476
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 609
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- Educators pack the Capitol to rally for more education funding, but it's not clear if it had any effect on lawmakers [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The medical marijuana bill falls by one vote in the Utah Senate [Tribune, Deseret News]. A poll shows 66% of Utahns would support legalizing medical cannabis [Utah Policy].
- Time is running out for the House and Senate to come to a compromise on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Utah House changes the rules after Democrats force a vote on Healthy Utah [Tribune].
- Utahns overwhelmingly support a hike in the gasoline tax [Utah Policy]. Lawmakers advance two competing plans to raise gasoline taxes [Deseret News].
- A proposal to send primary election results back to the parties if no candidate gets above 40% squeaks through the House [Tribune, Deseret News]. Lawmakers may be mulling changing the plan to include instant runoff voting [Utah Policy].
- Most Utahns support proposed "right to die" legislation [Utah Policy].
- The Utah House rejects legislation allowing car manufacturers from owning a dealership in Utah. That means plans for a dealership in Utah are now very much in doubt [Tribune].
- Utah Senators kill an attempt to increase fines for air quality violations [Tribune].
- The Utah House unanimously approves legislation that could strip former Attorney General John Swallow's state pension [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1496 - Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
- 1862 - The U.S. Treasury issues the first American paper money.
- 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant in the next room: "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you."
- 1997 - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" debuted on the WB network.
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Op-ed: Fully expand Medicaid to truly help needy Utahns
Op-ed: Utah's justice-reform effort is good, conservative government
Editorial: Utah Legislature resists school spending, local control
Is parade of ed-tech bills aimed at helping schools or vendors?
Legislative resolution: Drilling is 'best use' for Cedar Mesa and San Rafael Swell
Funding advances to renovate USU stadium, U.'s Orson Spencer Hall
House, Senate pass competing gas tax bills
House changes rules after Dems attempt to force vote on Healthy Utah
Bill to increase air quality fines dies on Senate floor
Bill advances to allow ATVs on most Utah roads, even busy highways
Senate, House still hoping for compromise on Medicaid expansion
Bill to set prison relocation process easily passes House
House OKs bill to ban tattooing minors
House barely passes tweak to new primary election process
'Metro township' bill advances for unincorporated S.L. County
Senate advances bill to allow carrying concealed gun without a permit
Bill advanced to regulate Lyft, Uber
House votes 75-0 for Lockhart highway designation
House votes to broaden aggravated child abuse law
House unanimously backs bill that could strip Swallow's pension
Tesla dealership in doubt after House rejects online-sales bill
Utah's Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch sign GOP letter to Iran; White House furious
Utah Senators defeat medical marijuana bill by one vote; lawmakers still 'intrigued' by idea
Rally fails to sway lawmakers on education funding
Op-ed: Power should go to the people - SB54 is step in the right direction
Editorial: An increased gas tax is a short-term fix; let's consider long-term solutions
Utah House panel endorses bill banning powdered alcohol
Committee recommends partisan State School Board bill for House debate
Deedee Corradini remembered as a visionary leader and for her love of family
House, Senate pass competing bills to raise Utah gas tax
House passes bill to outlaw tattoos for minors under 14
House approves bill naming portion of I-15 after late speaker, Becky Lockhart
Utah Senate narrowly defeats medical marijuana bill
House narrowly passes fix to Count My Vote compromise
House passes bill to regulate e-cigarettes onto Senate
Got gun? Senate passes bill saying you don't need a permit
Higher ed performance funding bill gets unanimous Senate approval
Bill banning powdered alcohol clears full House
Lawmakers, educators consider consequences of opting children out of testing
Off the table for now in Utah, wood smoke regulations fuel fights elsewhere in U.S.
Advocates urge lawmakers to improve system, not just new prison
Lawmakers scuffle over bills to tighten police body camera, surveillance rules
Utah House panel delays action on anti-bias, religious rights bill
Educators rally expressing dissatisfaction with proposed funding for schools
House plays keep-away from Senate with Healthy Utah alternative
Bill to scale back Good Landlord program advances to House (Standard-Examiner)
Bill to ban powdered alcohol advances to House (Standard-Examiner)
Coalition of advocates underscores need for criminal justice reforms (Standard-Examiner)
Feds interviewed Harry Reid for Robert Menendez probe (Politico)
Clinton likely to address email scandal (The Hill)
Iran dismisses GOP letter as 'propaganda ploy' (The Hill)
Left turns on Hillary (The Hill)
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin Signs Bill Curbing Union Fees (New York Times)
Obama announces initiative to boost high-tech training, hiring (McClatchy)
Clinton Avoids Email Controversy at Women's Event (ABC News)
Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's challenge to contraceptive policy (Los Angeles Times)
Menendez case would test Justice Dept. anti-corruption unit (Associated Press)
In Senator Graham's e-mail boycott, refusal to bow to 'every 15-second crisis' (Christian Science Monitor)
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"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts." C. S. Lewis Brainy Quote
"President Obama said he wants the United States to establish an embassy in Cuba by April. When asked if Cuba would establish an embassy here, Obama said, 'What do you call Miami?'" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor