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Friday, March 6, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - March 6, 2015
Lawmakers propose a big boost in education funding. House Democrats force a vote on Healthy Utah. Herbert says he will sign the non-discrimination bill if it gets to his desk.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 6
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 158
- Days to the 2015 election - 242
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 318
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 325
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 480
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 613
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- It looks like education is going to get a big boost in funding this session, but not as much as Gov. Gary Herbert wanted [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says he will continue to push for his Healthy Utah plan, but the House has the upper hand right now [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- House Democrats force a floor vote on Healthy Utah, much to the displeasure of the GOP [Tribune].
- The non-discrimination and religious liberty bill cruises out of a Senate committee and heads to the floor [Deseret News].
- Gov. Herbert says he will sign the non-discrimination bill if it makes it to his desk [Tribune].
- A new bill would allow government employees to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, but that means they would forfeit their ability to perform any marriages [Deseret News, Tribune].
- A House committee decides to send a proposed death with dignity bill to interim study instead of advancing it to the floor [Tribune, ABC 4].
- A House committee approves a bill setting up Utah's 2016 presidential primary, even though the Utah GOP may not participate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Utah House GOP chews over a number of bills that are part of the fight over control of public lands [Deseret News].
- Legislators again take aim at changing Utah's school grading system [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1836 - Mexican forces captured the Alamo in San Antonio, killing the last of 187 defenders who held the Texas mission for 13 days.
- 1857 - The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling that slave Dred Scott couldn't sue for his freedom in federal court, even though his white owner had died in a "free" state.
- 1981 - Walter Cronkite signed off from the "CBS Evening News" for the final time.
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