ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 30, 2014Bryan Schott·January 30, 2014· Share Herbert gives his State of the State address. Lawmakers worry about the state’s water supply. Bell says Utah should move ahead on Medicaid expansion. Countdown: 42 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 145 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 278 days to the 2014 midterm elections 641 days to the 2015 elections 706 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1012 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Gov. Gary Herbert talks economy, education and trees in his State of the State address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. President Obama’s statement that he would act on some issues without the approval of Congress has Southern Utah lawmakers worried that might mean the designation of a new national monument [KUTV]. A bill that grants some immunity from prosecution to people who report drug overdoses cleared the House [Tribune]. Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation that aims to clarify what gifts lawmakers can accept from lobbyists [Utah Policy]. Lawmakers openly worry about the state’s low snowpack totals during budget meetings [Deseret News]. Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell says Utah should move forward on accepting Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy]. Ogden police are investigating reports of a stray bullet from a shooting range where Utah lawmakers were being hosted for a “dine and shoot” event [Standard-Examiner]. Rep. Patrice Arent is shooting for more transparency when it comes to campaign money [Utah Policy]. Rep. Mike Kennedy is sponsoring legislation to make sure students are using only the bathrooms for their gender, even if a student self-identifies as transgendered [Daily Herald]. Rep. Jerry Anderson has introduced a bill that would essentially decriminalize polygamy in Utah [Fox 13]. Sen. Orrin Hatch get assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that the feds would step in if marijuana from Colorado were to make its way to Utah [Tribune]. A lawsuit against Utah to force the state to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples moves to federal court [Tribune]. On this day in history: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born in 1882. Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Mahatma Ghandi was assassinated in 1948. North Vietnamese forces launced the Tet offensive in 1968. The Beatles performed in public for the final time, performing a rooftop concert in London, in 1969. Iraqis voted in their first free election in 50 years in 2006. Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in 2006.