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Thursday, March 5, 2015
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House panel kills Healthy Utah. Legislative leaders unveil non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation. Romney blasts Utah GOP plan to hold a caucus instead of a primary in 2016.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 7
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 159
- Days to the 2015 election - 243
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 319
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 326
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 481
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 614
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- A Utah House committee kills Healthy Utah while approving the more modest Medicaid plan dubbed Utah Cares [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- LGBT advocates and representatives of the LDS Church are on hand for the unveiling of a combined religious liberties and non-discrimination bill [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Mitt Romney sends a letter to legislative leaders blasting the Utah GOP's plan to hold a presidential caucus instead of a primary in 2016 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- A newly released bill in the House would give the legislature and governor veto power over the prison relocation decision only if Gov. Gary Herbert calls a special session [Tribune].
- The Utah House and Senate appear at odds over how members of the state school board should be elected [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A Senate panel advances a compromise bill to prohibit drivers from talking on cell phones unless they use a hands-free device [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Legislators give final passage to a bill raising fees for driving privilege cards for undocumented immigrants [Tribune].
- Rep. Marc Roberts is sponsoring legislation that would convene a grand jury if an alleged crime involves allegations of corruption against a public official or use of deadly force by a police officer [Utah Policy].
- Legislators advance a bill paving the way for electric car company Tesla to open a dealership in Utah [Tribune].
- A House committee approves a plan to rename a section of I-15 after the late Speaker Becky Lockhart [Deseret News, Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1692 - The Salem village of the Massachusetts Bay colony began their infamous witch hunt. It eventually resulted in the executions of 19 men and women.
- 1781 - The American colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation.
- 1872 - Yellowstone National Park was established by an act of congress.
- 1954 - Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress.
- 1971 - A bomb exploded in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol, causing $300,000 damage but no injuries. The Weather Underground, a leftist radical group that opposed the Vietnam War, claimed responsibility.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Count My Vote deal should not be changed
Free-market lawmakers take aim at Utah's restrictive car dealer laws
Bill advances to allow one-touch cellphone use while driving
Unfunded water bill 'like homeless guy buying a wallet,' but still passes Utah Senate committee
Bill passes to raise fees for immigrant driving privilege cards in Utah
Utah House leaders' new plan would give guv, Legislature veto on prison site
Mitt Romney attacks Utah GOP's plan for presidential caucus
Bill opening door for Tesla, other online dealers advances to House
House swats down partisan school board bill, Senate's preferred option
Eagle Mountain sells its electric, gas systems
Bill aimed at avoiding another liquor-permit debacle like Oktoberfest controversy
Utah tops nation for huddling into cities
Run-in with Utah law could block Tesla's grand opening plan
Mormon leaders, LGBT groups trumpet new anti-bias bill as a 'model'
Interstate 15 section may be renamed to honor Becky Lockhart
Panel rejects Healthy Utah; opts for House alternative, Utah Cares
Op-ed: Safety is potential concern on Bear Lake beaches
Op-ed: Consider all options before relocating state prison
Dan Liljenquist: Looking to the Supreme Court to lead a restoring balance of powers in D.C.
Jay Evensen: Open wide and swallow your tax increase, Utah
Editorial: SB296 bridges anti-discrimination, religious freedoms divide; could be a model for other states
Bill establishing water fund advances from committee
Bill OK'd to provide resources for students with learning disabilities
Becker appoints 2 people to top city leadership positions
Lawmakers find common ground on changes to cellphone bill
Pilot program would allow teachers to work year-round
Bill proposing more math for high school students moves to House
Senate advances bill to improve juvenile drug and alcohol correctional system
3 State School Board bills advance, 2 fail as partisan debate continues
Bill to boost countable ballots passes Utah Senate, awaits governor's signature
Bill to allow voting 'selfies' passes Utah Senate, awaits governor approval
Bill clarifying parental rights in education gets OK from Senate
Utah Senate rejects bill to prohibit anonymous campaign donations
Mitt Romney calls Utah GOP move to a caucus a 'bad decision'
Senate OKs bill for school crisis reporting app
Utah Cares contains potentially expensive, fatal holes
House committee approves proposal to name highway section after Becky Lockhart
Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan fails in House committee
LDS Church, LGBT advocates back anti-discrimination, religious rights bill
Utah drivers of all ages affected by pending pieces of legislation (SU Independent)
Need to know: Changes for the prison relocation selection process (Daily Herald)
Opt-in gun safety class for eighth graders pushed by lawmaker (Standard-Examiner)
Bill advances to continue statewide mapping of broadband infrastructure (Standard-Examiner)
Smithfield family fights for Medicaid waiver bill (Logan Herald Journal)
How John Boehner might rethink his speakership (Politico)
Hillary Clinton's awkward Wall St. gala (Politico)
GOP introduces bill to block Internet rules (The Hill)
US ambassador attacked in South Korea (The Hill)
All eyes on Kennedy, Roberts as justices spar over ObamaCare (The Hill)
Hillary Clinton: House Select Committee on Benghazi Seeks All Private Emails (ABC News)
Supreme Court sharply split over major challenge to Obamacare (Christian Science Monitor)
GOP-led Senate fails to override Obama's Keystone veto, lawmakers say fight not over (FOX News)
Chris Van Hollen to run for Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat (CBS News)
Chicago mayor says state budget is 'wrong approach' (Associated Press)
Paul Krugman And Walmart's Market Wage (Daily Caller)