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Friday, March 13, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - March 13, 2015
Lawmakers can't come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion. Legislators approve a gas tax hike. Public schools end the 2015 session as big winners.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 151
- Days to the 2015 election - 235
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 311
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 318
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 473
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 606
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- Lawmakers are unable to come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion. Gov. Gary Herbert announces they will continue working on the issue and sets a July 31 deadline to come up with a plan [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Gov. Herbert recaps the 2015 session with us and discusses what legislation he's eyeing for a veto [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers get a hike in the gas tax through the legislature just under the wire [Tribune].
- Public schools end the session with more than $500 million in new money [Deseret News].
- Here are some of the minor budget items lawmakers spent taxpayer money on this year [Utah Policy].
- A bill requiring the full legislature to sign off on relocating the state prison wins final approval and heads to the governor [Deseret News].
- Legislators are unable to find common ground on school board elections, leaving how candidates are nominated in limbo [Tribune].
- Lawmakers approve a pay raise for the governor and other executive offices [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Gov. Herbert signs the non-discrimination bill during a packed ceremony at the Capitol [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Minority report. Rep. Brian King wraps up the 2015 from the perspective of Utah's minority party [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
- 1781 - The planet Uranus was discovered by British astronomer William Herschel.
- 1884 - Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States.
- 1868 - The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate began impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, following a political feud after the Civil War. Johnson was acquitted by one vote.
- 1881 - Czar Alexander II was killed in a St. Petersburg street by a bomb thrown by a member of the revolutionary "People's Will" group.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Herbert wisely hits reset button on Healthy Utah debate
Legislature puts $1.5 million in public funds behind Aggie sports
Bill passes to allow some officials to opt out of performing gay marriages
Bill dies that would have allowed 1-touch cellphone use while driving
Movin' on up: Senate passes bill to give pay raise to governor, other top state elected officials
Students soon may need to pass civics test to graduate
Criminal justice reforms approved, drug possession to be a misdemeanor
Legislators ease restrictions on drone use by police
Dog, gone: Official state golden retriever bill defeated on last day of session
Lawmakers approve $8M program to turn around failing schools
Citing better snow, lawmakers go on record saying Utah wants Winter Olympics again
Regulations on e-cigarette sales getting tighter as lawmakers hope to discourage sales to minors
Legislature passes bill to increase death benefits for fallen officers
If guv gives OK, Salt Lake County townships would unite for services while preserving boundaries
Bill passes to ensure county elections are partisan
Legislature passes statewide regulation for Uber, Lyft
Elections: Last year's 'Count My Vote' deal survives many attacks
Compromise increase in gas tax OK'd at eleventh hour
Legislature OKs renaming I-15 stretch for Becky Lockhart
'Milestone': Herbert signs LGBT nondiscrimination, religious freedom protections bill
Legislature approves 5 cent a gallon gasoline tax hike, local sales-tax vote
Clock runs out on school board election compromise
Legislature tackles major issues - with one big exception
'Powdered alcohol' faces immediate Utah ban day after feds approve sale
A. Scott Anderson: Utah senators should support Landon for Fed Board
Op-ed: State representatives need to actually represent
Editorial: Utah's presidential caucus is a bad idea, limiting participating in the most public of elections
Legislature passes pay raise for governor, state elected executives
No deal this session on Healthy Utah
Merger of environmental boards stokes concerns, opposition from Utah Radiation Control Board
Bill slackens state public records restrictions
Legislative session wraps up with $510M in new money for schools
Legislature shuts down bill to name golden retriever state animal
Count My Vote compromise survives series of challenges
Lawmakers pass 'right to try' legislation, not medical cannabis, death with dignity bills
Lawmakers say 'no' to seasonal wood-burning ban
Full Legislature must vote on new prison site
Legislature approves expansion of death benefits to families of fallen officers
LDS Church explains religious liberty, LGBT rights stance in Mormon Newsroom Q&A
Gov. Gary Herbert signs 'remarkable' anti-bias, religious rights bill
No Medicaid deal: Mid-year session will decide coverage gap plan (Standard-Examiner)
Bill to create turnaround programs for low-performing schools passes (Standard-Examiner)
White House frets return of 'Clinton way' (Politico)
Loretta Lynch nomination a cliffhanger (Politico)
Iran letter blowback startles GOP (Politico)
Dems push ATF to revive bullet ban (The Hill)
Fallout continues for Schock (The Hill)
Momentum building in Congress for $174 billion Medicare fix (The Hill)
Ferguson Shooting: Authorities Investigate 'Ambush' of Officers (Wall Street Journal)
Why super PACs have moved from sideshow to center stage for presidential hopefuls (Washington Post)
Administration Asks Court to Lift Order Halting Immigration Programs (New York Times)
In Runoff, Mayor Changes His Tone-- For Now (NBC News)
O'Malley often used Gmail account in conducting Maryland business (Washington Post)
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