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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - March 18, 2015
Speaker Hughes reflects on the 2015 session. Lawmakers are developing a bad procrastination habit. Death penalty opponents want Gov. Herbert to veto the firing squad bill.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 146
- Days to the 2015 election - 230
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 306
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 313
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 468
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 601
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- Speaker Greg Hughes reflects on lessons learned during the 2015 Legislature [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Lawmakers passed 528 bills this year, but 277 of those passed in the final week of the session [Utah Data Points].
- Death penalty opponents are putting pressure on Gov. Gary Herbert to veto legislation allowing the firing squad as a means of execution in the state [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Clean air advocates say few inversions this season took the focus off the issue during the legislative session [ABC 4].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker testifies before Congress in favor of the Obama administration's transportation plan [Tribune].
- The Utah Transit Authority moves to cut executive bonuses and salaries [Deseret News].
- Some students at Jordan High School hold a bake sale to highlight the wage gap between men and women [Fox 13].
- Congressman Aaron Schock resigns abruptly following allegations he submitted phony mileage reimbursements [Politico].
- Rep. Chris Stewart slams the Secret Service during a budget hearing, suggesting misbehaving agents be reassigned to "the furthest tip of the Aleutian Islands" [Tribune].
- The Presbyterian Church votes to include same-sex marriage in their definition of marriage [New York Times].
On this day in history:
- 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the interning of Japanese-Americans.
- 1963 - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire an attorney on their own.
- 1965 - Soviet cosmonaut Alexi Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
- 2005 - Doctors removed the feeding tube keeping Terri Schiavo alive after a wide-ranging fight over the brain-damaged Florida woman's care that involved President George W. Bush and Congress.
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