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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - March 4, 2015
The House reverses course and schedules a hearing on Healthy Utah. The Senate advances the medical marijuana bill. Lawmakers trying to find a compromise on a gas tax hike.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 8
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 160
- Days to the 2015 election - 244
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 320
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 327
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 482
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 615
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- The House will hold a committee meeting on Healthy Utah and their competing Medicaid expansion plan Wednesday night [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says he's not yet sold on a compromise over Healthy Utah [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Senate sends the medical marijuana bill for a final vote in their body [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A proposed overhaul of Utah's criminal justice system passes the Utah House and heads to the Senate [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Legislators are trying to find common ground on raising Utah's gas tax to increase funding for roads [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- The Utah House kills an attempt by Rep. Brian King to set limits on campaign donations [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- A Senate panel advances a "constitutional carry" gun bill that's identical to one vetoed by Gov. Herbert in 2013. Herbert says he would veto the bill again if it gets to his desk [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- The Senate advances two measures changing state school board elections while the House kills a proposal making those elections non-partisan [Tribune].
- A House committee approves legislation exempting some wood-burning stoves from state clean air regulations [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A new report confirms Utah is headed toward a big shortfall in transportation funding unless lawmakers do something to fix the problem [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1789 - The U.S Congress met for the first time, in New York City.
- 1917 - Jeanette Rankin, a Montana Republican, was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. She was the first woman to serve in Congress.
- 1933 - Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in the Cabinet when she took over as secretary of labor.
- 1987 - President Ronald Reagan acknowledged his administration swapped arms to Iran for U.S. hostages.
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|Herbert 'Not There Yet' on Compromise Over Healthy Utah|
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|House Nixes Limits on Campaign Contributions|
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|'Constitutional Carry' Bill Advances|
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Hughes' closed legislating is odd public morality
Op-ed: A good, productive workplace supports breastfeeding
More adults may be required to take driver's ed in Utah
Lawmakers push back against proposed ban on burning in Utah; critics say they're rolling back clean-air protections
New study verifies big shortfall in Utah transportation funding
Healthy Utah to be heard Wednesday along with new Medicaid proposal
Utah's Hatch earns prime seat for Netanyahu speech to Congress
Downtown's notorious blue parking kiosks get big overhaul
Rolly: I'm Salt Lake City's new parking adviser - let's hope the new kiosks work better
Compromise may bring 5-cent gas tax increase, with more coming later
House eases restrictions on police aerial drones
Criminal-justice reform gains Utah House approval
Cable license delayed to assure equity of terms
Bill advances to decrease penalty for carrying weapons on transit
House, Senate take opposite stands on school board elections
Medical marijuana bill advances to final vote in Senate
Utah guv says he would veto concealed-gun bill
House endorses 36% pay hike for governor
Utah House again defeats donation limits
Judge: Jeremy Johnson's September trial date 'set in stone'
Op-ed: Common Core tests erode parental rights
Op-ed: Priorities in politics need to change
Op-ed: Breastfeeding bill good for children and working women
Richard Davis: Let the voters decide the party primaries - don't pass HB313
Jay Evensen: Though complicated, Corradini was an effective leader
Editorial: Deedee Corradini - a past leader whose efforts in the present carried well into the future
Lawmakers pass 'Start By Believing Day' resolution for rape victims
House passes bill allowing police to use drones without a warrant
Senate passes bill changing police forcible entry laws
House defeats attempt to limit campaign contributions
Pipeline critics fear legislative 'tax increase' for project
Anti-discrimination, religious rights bill now expected Wednesday
Utah House passes bill to revamp criminal justice system
State lawmakers trying to hammer out deal raising Utah's gas tax
S.L. County fears criminal justice reforms could become unfunded mandate without Medicaid fix
Bill would create task force to evaluate student testing
Wood-burning bill advances in legislative committee
3 State School Board bills advance, 1 fails as partisan debate continues
Bill clarifying parental rights in education gets preliminary Senate approval
Report outlines Utah transportation investment needs
House approves pay raises for governor, other elected executives
Utah Senate narrowly endorses medical marijuana bill
House will hear Healthy Utah alongside own plan for Medicaid expansion
Editorial: Black Diamond brings back job (Standard-Examiner)
Bill would change governance of state veterans homes (Standard-Examiner)
Report identifies $54.7 billion worth of priority transportation needs (Standard-Examiner)
Weber County lawmaker's wood-burning bill clears committee Tuesday (Standard-Examiner)
Republicans see gold in Hillary Clinton emails (Politico)
John Boehner ends stalemate (Politico)
Cruz unveils ObamaCare alternative (The Hill)
Pelosi 'near tears' at Bibi 'insult' (The Hill)
Netanyahu: Iran deal will start countdown to 'nuclear nightmare' (The Hill)
Hillary Clinton Email: What the White House Said in 2011 That May Not Look Good for Her (ABC News)
House approves DHS funding bill, ending immigration standoff (FOX News)
David Petraeus plea could pave way for comeback (CNN)
The Rahm Slayer (Daily Beast)
Russ Feingold, Noted Wisconsin Liberal, May Try to Reclaim His Senate Seat (Wall Street Journal)
Detroit native Ben Carson to run for president in 2016 (Associated Press)
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