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Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - March 12, 2015
It's the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature. Lawmakers are still looking for a deal on Medicaid expansion, but time is running out. Utahns overwhelmingly support a shift in Utah's criminal justice system.
- Today is the final day of the 2015 Legislature.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 152
- Days to the 2015 election - 236
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 312
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 319
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 474
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 607
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- There are less than 24 hours to go in the legislative session and lawmakers are still at an impasse on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Utahns overwhelmingly back a shift in Utah's criminal justice system focusing that's focused on treatment over incarceration [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Senate hijacks a House bill calling for non-partisan school board elections, swapping it out with a plan for partisan elections [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Lawmakers are still trying to come to an accord over a gas tax hike [Deseret News].
- The Legislature gives final passage to historic non-discrimination legislation that includes protections for religious liberties [Tribune].
- The House gives final approval to legislation allowing government workers to opt out of performing same-sex marriages [Tribune].
- The public is split on whether police should be able to pull over drivers because they're not wearing a seat belt, but they're solidly behind a plan to ban drivers from making calls behind the wheel unless it's hands-free [Utah Policy].
- A bill to equalize tax revenue among school districts barely passes the Utah House and now heads to the governor [Tribune].
- Lawmakers send a bill making game fowl fighting a felony to the governor [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Former Governor Jon Huntsman joins Sen. Mike Lee's re-election campaign [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio "fireside chats."
- 1947 - In a speech to Congress, President Harry Truman outlined what became known as the Truman Doctrine, calling for U.S. aid to countries threatened by communism.
- 2003 - Elizabeth Smart was found in the custody of a panhandler and his wife in Sandy, Utah.
- 2008 - New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after being caught in a high-priced prostitution scandal.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Don't let legislators take your local control, Utahns
Op-ed: Utah losing another chance to limit money in politics
Rolly: Legislative hypocrisy on medical marijuana?
Sen. Mike Lee's re-election backed by Jon Huntsman Jr., Zions' Scott Anderson
Bill passes to prevent moving endangered species
Cockfighting bill claws its way to final approval by Utah lawmakers
Bill passes to ease UTA train crossing enforcement
Citing high level of fraud in Utah, lawmakers pass white collar crime registry
Legislature approves restrictions on police warrants
Bills to help moms who breast-feed sent to governor
Utah lawmakers set to give sage grouse consultant another $2 million
If guv signs, opting in to sex-ed class would be law, not just policy
Hope for Utah Medicaid decision is alive, but barely
Lawmakers approve $75M property tax increase for schools
Advocates say merger of dangerous waste boards would tilt in industry's favor
House kills proposal to raise car registration fees
Bill allowing govt workers to opt out of performing same-sex marriages sails to final passage
Utah Senate hijacks nonpartisan school-board bill
As victims cheer, Senate passes two bills targeting abusers
Lawmakers pass bill to discourage haves and have-nots after Utah school district splits
LGBT anti-discrimination bill clears Legislature, on its way to Utah governor
Op-ed: Neumont University helps fill the tech talent gap
William Fay: Why is Utah Legislature choosing homebuilders over homeowners?
Steven Manning: Make gas tax the same as state sales tax
Jay Evensen: Utah rejects constitutional convention, but Washington's fiscal problems still loom
Editorial: Senate's warning letter to Iran seems ill-timed
Senate gives preliminary approval to salary raises for some teachers
Bill to make game fowl fighting a felony clears Legislature
Bill creates white-collar criminal registry in Utah
Utah Legislature passes bills to tighten police forcible entry, surveillance laws
Legislature passes bill improving juvenile drug and alcohol correctional system
Legislature clarifies prostitution laws
Lawmakers consider several bills as 2015 Utah Legislature nears an end
Protections for nursing women clear Utah Legislature
Lawmakers advance bills to clarify parental rights in education
House approves $75M property tax increase to equalize school funding
Bills to improve school safety await governor's signature
Senate swaps nonpartisan State School Board bill with partisan substitute
Utah votes to retain firing squad method for planned execution
Ex Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to head Sen. Mike Lee re-election committee
House and Senate still negotiating over gas tax increase
Bill removing statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases passes Legislature
Chaffetz: Secret Service crash is latest incident in a culture of problems
Healthy Utah deal in the works
Utah Legislature passes two 'historic' anti-bias, religious rights bills
Editorial: Lawmakers must show commitment to funding schools (Daily Herald)
Defeat of SB259 won't stop some families from using cannabis oil (Daily Herald)
7 House Bills Congressman Jason Chaffetz is sponsoring for Utah, United States (Daily Herald)
First big hurdle jumped for new youth detention center (Standard-Examiner)
With the clock ticking, lawmakers scramble to resolve big issues (Standard-Examiner)
Antidiscrimination and religious freedom bills clear final hurdle Wednesday (Standard-Examiner)
The Clintons' Tricky Way With Words (Politico)
Cotton storms the Senate (Politico)
GOP plays defense on Iran (The Hill)
Warren clashes with Obama on trade (The Hill)
AP sues for Hillary Clinton e-mails: Did she break the law? (Christian Science Monitor)
Scott Walker: 'Maybe We're the Front-Runner' in 2016 Republican Race (Bloomberg)
Conservatives to Aaron Schock: Don't Let the Door Hit You (Bloomberg)
Clinton Launches Twitter Attack on GOP Hopefuls Over Iran Letter (Bloomberg)
Jeb Bush leaves last business commitments as campaign looms (Associated Press)
Unions step up battle against free-trade pact (Associated Press)
Senators press administration on need for AUMF (USA Today)
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