An alternative to Medicaid expansion moves forward. A House committee approves a resolution supporting a move for the state prison. Legislation would make it more difficult to gather signatures for a citizen initiative.
16 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
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21 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
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119 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
252 days to the 2014 midterm elections
615 days to the 2015 elections
680 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
986 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today’s Utah political news highlights:
A legislative committee approves an alternative to accepting Medicaid expansion money from the feds [Tribune].
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox talks about his involvement in the negotiations over Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
Rep. Jason Chaffetz visits lawmakers, voices his opposition to the “Count My Vote” initiative [Deseret News, Tribune].
Sen. Curt Bramble says the state may have to repeal a pair of immigration reform laws passed by the legislature due to inaction by the federal government [Tribune].
A group of media outlets and educators form a non-partisan coalition to televise political debates [Utah Policy, Tribune.]
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with President Barack Obama and asks for more help dealing with drought conditions in the Western United States [Tribune].
Rep. Jon Stanard is proposing legislation to make it more difficult to gather signatures in order to get a citizen initiative or referendum on the ballot [Utah Policy].
The House approves a bill imposing reforms on the payday lending industry [Tribune].
The House Rules Committee uses a technicality to avoid taking action on a bill that would allow lawmakers to abstain from voting on legislation on which they have a conflict of interest [Utah Policy, Tribune].
A Gallup survey says 60% of Utahns are members of the LDS faith [KSL].
You must see this amazing video of Lt. Gov. Cox from when he was in high school [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
Samuel Cold patented his revolver pistol in 1836.
Hiram Revels became the first black U.S Senator in 1870.
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power to collect income taxes, went into effect in 1913.
Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia in 1948.
Cassius Clay (who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali) became the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964.