What You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – January 30, 2014

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.


  • 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.