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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - March 3, 2015

Lawmakers may have a compromise on Medicaid expansion. Legislators have hundreds of bills still to consider in the final days of the 2015 session. The debate over medical marijuana begins on the Hill.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 9
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 161
  • Days to the 2015 election - 245
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 321
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 328
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 483
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 616

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Lawmakers are floating a possible solution to Medicaid expansion that combines Healthy Utah and "frail Utah" [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Lawmakers are facing an avalanche of legislation in the waning days of the session as nearly 800 bills have been introduced so far [Utah Policy].
  3. Senators begin debate on Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana legislation [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  4. Legislation dealing with religious liberty and non-discrimination should see the light of day on Tuesday [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. A bill to send primary election results back to a political party if no candidate gets a majority moves forward over the objections of Count My Vote organizers [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The Utah Senate approves legislation banning contact lens makers from price fixing in Utah [Tribune].
  7. A poll shows Utahns favor tax hikes to pay for water development projects [Utah Policy].
  8. If lawmakers have a conflict of interest, legislative rules say they must vote anyway [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Ken Ivory's proposal to eliminate the statute of limitation in civil cases involving sexual abuse moves out of the Utah House [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Real Salt Lake owner Del Loy Hansen may build a minor league soccer stadium in West Valley after construction plans at the Utah State Fairpark fall through [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1845 - Florida was admitted to the Union as the 27th state.
  • 1879 - Attorney Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1931 - An act of Congress designated the "Start Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.
  • 1991 - Motorist Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police in a scene captured on amateur video.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utahns lead the way in criminal justice reform

County's township bill aims to solve boundary issues once and for all

Conflict of interest? Utah lawmakers must vote anyway

Count my Vote cries foul on primary ballot bill that advances to full House

Senate OKs bill banning makers from setting contact lens prices in Utah

Bill would allow dispatchers to retire after 20 years instead of 30

Medicaid expansion compromise would unite Healthy Utah with GOP proposal

Bill: ATVs could go 65 mph on major Utah highways

Analysis: Corradini left her mark on Salt Lake City; scandals left marks on her

Senator begins his pitch for cannabis in Utah; poll shows support

Senate passes bill making cockfighting a felony

Bill setting limits on student data collection moves forward

Vineyard: Utah's small town with a BIG FUTURE

'Right to try' bill on way to Gov. Herbert

Hearing for Shurtleff's purported 'fixer' continued to August

Bill advances to prevent non-partisan county elections

Two Utah bills targeting child abusers advance

Salt Lake City's trailblazing mayor dies, but Corradini's Olympic, transit and development legacy lives on

Clean-air groups band together to denounce lawmakers' 'lame excuses'

'I think we're going to make history together': LGBT groups, LDS Church close to final religious liberty/nondiscrimination bill

Rally at Capitol blasts Utah's 'land-grab casino'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion via Healthy Utah: It's hardly risky business for Utahns

Editorial: Talking of tax reform and income inequality is a good first step

More college and career training needed for school counselors, lawmakers say

Lawmakers support move of Utah Air National Guard to Hill Air Force Base

Utah Senate passes bill increasing penalty for cockfighting

Utah lawmakers say they're close on nondiscrimination, religious rights bill

House panel OKs bill altering Count My Vote compromise

Bill would create STEM education partnership in southern Utah

Bill to simplify prosecution of child trafficking passes Senate committee

Medical marijuana debate to be continued, while new poll shows strong support

Utah Senate panel approves bill restricting young people from smoke shops

Bill would place limits on splitting school districts

Firing squad bill passes Senate panel, prompts proposal to reconsider death penalty

Critics raise questions over Uintah water plan

House approves bill to keep sexual offenders out of classroom

Committee endorses bill on air quality rules

Bill eliminating statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases passes House

Utahns react to death of former Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini

House leaders counter Healthy Utah, question need for 'ceremonial' hearing on Guv's plan


Steve Handy: Now natural gas trucks can help clean up Utah's air (Standard-Examiner)

Primary candidate selection bill clears committee (Standard-Examiner)

Kaysville lawmaker drops proposal to hand off prison location choice (Standard-Examiner)

Utah National Guard move to Hill Air Force Base gains support (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner, conservatives plot next moves (Politico)

Inside the power struggle at Clinton, Inc. (Politico)

House members want a say in Iran nuclear deal (The Hill)

Netanyahu: 'Great respect' for Obama (The Hill)

Hoyer expects Boehner will bring 'clean' DHS funding bill to vote (The Hill)

Time to silence terrorists on social media (CNN)

Barbara Mikulski's retirement starts Maryland scramble (Politico)

Bill Clinton portrait may include Lewinsky reference (USA Today)

Black vote may prove key in Chicago mayoral elections (Christian Science Monitor)

Can House conservatives remove Boehner as Speaker? Not likely. (Christian Science Monitor)

Justices skeptical of independent electoral map boards (Associated Press)


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