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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - March 4, 2014

Count My Vote compromise advances. Lawmakers introduce a record number of bills. House advances their alternative to Medicaid expansion.


  • 9 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 10 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 14 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 14 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 16 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 53 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 112 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 245 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 608 days to the 2015 elections
  • 673 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 979 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • A House committee sends the compromise between lawmakers and Count My Vote to the full House [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Lawmakers have introduced the most bills ever during the 2014 session, but are on pace to tie the record for fewest passed [Tribune].
  • The House advances their plan for dealing with Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Lawmakers propose creating a fund to help hotels that may lose business from the planned convention center hotel in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • A House committee gives new life to a measure creating partisan elections for the State School Board [Deseret News,
  • House lawmakers pass a resolution allowing Stericycle to move their medical waste incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele [Tribune, Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Senate kills a measure to raise the smoking age from 19 to 21 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The House passes a bill allowing the use of a cannabis extract for medical purposes [Tribune,
  • A tight budget may mean a move to add more beds to the prison in Gunnison is not feasible [Tribune].
  • The House approves a measure providing for a jury trial when a court moves to terminate parental rights [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A new report says the move by Utah to re-open the state's national parks during the government shutdown paid big dividends [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the new electronic parking meters are not to blame for falling parking revenue [Tribune].

On this day in history:
  • The Constitution went into effect as the first Congress met in New York in 1789.
  • Vermont became the 14th state in 1791.
  • Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as the 16th president in 1861.
  • Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th president of the United States in 1913.
  • Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president, delivering the famous line "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" in 1933.
  • Actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in 1952.
  • President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation about the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging the situation had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal in 1987.
  • President Bill Clinton banned spending federal money on human cloning in 1997.

Today At Utah Policy

Senate Passes Bill Exempting Homeschoolers from State Regulation
The Utah Senate approveda measure on Monday to exempt homeschool parents from state regulations....

Jenkins Taking 'Wait and See' Approach to Constitutional Amendment to Save Caucus System (Video)
Sen. Scott Jenkins (R-Plain City) says he is going to sit on his proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow political parties to nominate candidates in whatever way they choose until he sees what happens with the compromise between lawmakers and "Count My Vote."...

Hey Candidates, You Really Should be Using Online Video
A new poll suggests television ads may not be as effective in reaching voters as it once was....

House Committee Advances Caucus Compromise Bill
Begrudgingly. Hesitantly. Squeamishly. That's the way forward for many Utah lawmakers as they consider the new version of SB 54, which crafts a compromise to keep Utah's caucus system while also allowing a direct primary path to the ballot....

Sen. Deidre Henderson vs. the Utah Policy "Lightning Round"
With just 60 seconds to answer a bunch of stupid questions, Sen. Deidre Henderson faces the Utah Policy "Lightning Round."...

Featured Items

Business Community Supports Utah's 'Voter Participation Agreement'
The Salt Lake Chamber commends and supports the compromise reached by the Utah Legislature and the Count My Vote initiative, which maximizes voter participation by modernizing Utah's election process through a dual primary voting system....

Chaffetz, Holder Unite to Soften Sentencing Laws
Erstwhile political foesJason Chaffetz and Eric Holder meetat the Justice Department to discuss (over breakfast) their bipartisan effort to eliminatemandatory-minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders....

State Business Website Shows Why Utah Ranks High
The Governor's Office of Economic Development has launched its new, fully mobile interactive website to address the needs of businesses, facilitate growth and expansion in the state and keep the average citizen informed....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Count My Vote compromise is good for everyone

Tax break for pricey cigars advances in Utah Capitol

Clean-air bill goes to governor

Bill advances to remove home school curriculum rules

Count My Vote deal gets roughed up, but advances

Utah legislators introduce most bills ever, pass fewest

Bill: Allow wide use of emergency drug for overdose victims

Utah's opening of national parks paid off big

House OKs relocation of Stericycle medical waste incinerator

Lawmakers: Gunnison prison funding critical to keeping inmates behind bars

SLC mayor: Parking kiosks not to blame for revenue loss

Utah panel endorses plan to quickly adopt new clean-fuel standards here

Bill protecting cell data passes House

Bill would allow jury trials in parental rights cases

House buys insurance with two Medicaid expansion bills

Fund proposed for hotels hurt by 'megahotel'

Who sends trash, taxpayer dollars to Stericycle?

Does South Jordan's Daybreak offer car pollution solutions?

House passes bill to get cannabis oil to seizure-stricken kids

Bill to raise smoking age goes up in flames

Deseret News

Op-ed: New technology: How will Utah respond?

Op-ed: Keep compromising on the Salt Lake convention hotel

Editorial: Immigration solutions

Utah House panel advances Count My Vote compromise bill despite opposition

EPA adopts tougher fuel, vehicle standards pushed by Gov. Gary Herbert

Jury trials could decide parental rights termination cases under bill approved by House

House passes bill adding penalties for sexual contact with a student

Bill to raise legal smoking age in Utah fails in Senate

Stericycle move to Tooele gets House endorsement

Committee sends bill targeting aggressive panhandling to full Senate

House panel resurrects partisan State School Board bill

House committee passes latest version of Medicaid expansion alternative

House panel approves bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools

House panel advances Common Core reactionary bill

Report: Utah made big money by keeping national parks open during government shutdown

House passes bill allowing hemp oil extract for seizure treatment

Attempt to raise minimum wage in Utah doesn't gain traction


'Count My Vote' compromise bill passes House committee (Daily Herald)

House OKs cannabis oil for medical treatment (Daily Herald)

Editorial: An oil pipeline in Davis? (Standard-Examiner)

Utah dollars softened the blow, but national parks still lost at least $14M during shutdown (Standard-Examiner)

Tooele lawmaker: If we can handle nerve gas, we can handle Stericycle (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council weighs term length for new, combined elected office (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

For lawmakers, an O-Care escape option (The Hill)

Obama warns Russia of political, economic 'isolation' (The Hill)

Supreme Court won't hear appeals of rulings against anti-migrant laws (Fox News)

Surprises, runoffs likely ahead in Texas primary (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan Critiques War on Poverty In New Report (TIME)

Tax overhaul could hit smaller donors, charities fear (USA Today)

Former IRS official Lerner may testify in private (USA Today)

Michelle Obama to visit China. Do first ladies often travel solo abroad? (Christian Science Monitor)

Kansas City makes pitch for Republican convention (Associated Press)

EPA rolls out new rule to limit sulfur emissions from gasoline (Washington Post)

U.S. Fine-Tunes Messaging for Home Stretch of Obamacare Sign-Ups (Bloomberg)

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