ArchiveWhat You Need to Know About Utah Politics Today – February 7, 2014Bryan Schott·February 7, 2014· Share Negotiations over Medicaid expansion continue. Herbert renews his call to ban wood burning stoves and fireplaces. House Republicans divided on a plan to move the prison. Countdown: 34 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature 137 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections 270 days to the 2014 midterm elections 633 days to the 2015 elections 698 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses 1004 days to the 2016 presidential election Today’s Utah political news highlights: Lawmakers are continuing to negotiate with Gov. Herbert over Medicaid expansion [Tribune, Deseret News]. The House Republican caucus is divided over a plan to move the state prison away from Draper [Deseret News]. Herbert again calls for legislators to ban wood burning stoves and fireplaces, but there’s quite a bit of pushback from the legislature [Utah Policy, Standard-Examiner]. A proposal by Sen. Wayne Harper to hike fees for electric cars is raising some eyebrows [Deseret News]. Utah Senators endorse a resolution calling on Congress to come up with a reliable plan to fund PILT payments so rural counties can budget without uncertainty [Tribune]. Lawmakers consider a bill to expand preschool education for at-risk kids [Tribune, Deseret News]. The Senate pushes forward a measure allowing school districts to convert classroom time into professional development for teachers [Tribune]. Legislators say the state is spending too much money to use a Clearfield storage facility [Standard-Examiner]. A bill targeting “revenge porn” moves out of a House committee [Tribune]. State water officials are worried Utah’s lower than normal snowpack will lead to more drought in the summer [Tribune]. Mormons in Congress create an informal caucus where they gather monthly to focus on faith instead of politics [Tribune]. Holladay City officials discuss a proposed ordinance prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people [Tribune]. On this day in history: The 11th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1795. Author Charles Dickens was born in 1812. President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba in 1962. The Beatles arrived in New York for their first American tour in 1964. The Soviet Union’s Communist Party gave up a monopoly on power by allowing other political parties to compete in elections in 1990. A federal appeals court ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional in 2012.