How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 4, 2014

Count My Vote compromise advances. Lawmakers introduce a record number of bills. House advances their alternative to Medicaid expansion.



  • 9 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 10 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 14 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 16 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 16 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 53 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 112 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 245 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 608 days to the 2015 elections
  • 673 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 979 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • A House committee sends the compromise between lawmakers and Count My Vote to the full House [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Lawmakers have introduced the most bills ever during the 2014 session, but are on pace to tie the record for fewest passed [Tribune].
  • The House advances their plan for dealing with Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Lawmakers propose creating a fund to help hotels that may lose business from the planned convention center hotel in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • A House committee gives new life to a measure creating partisan elections for the State School Board [Deseret News,
  • House lawmakers pass a resolution allowing Stericycle to move their medical waste incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele [Tribune, Standard-Examiner].
  • The Utah Senate kills a measure to raise the smoking age from 19 to 21 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The House passes a bill allowing the use of a cannabis extract for medical purposes [Tribune,
  • A tight budget may mean a move to add more beds to the prison in Gunnison is not feasible [Tribune].
  • The House approves a measure providing for a jury trial when a court moves to terminate parental rights [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A new report says the move by Utah to re-open the state’s national parks during the government shutdown paid big dividends [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the new electronic parking meters are not to blame for falling parking revenue [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • The Constitution went into effect as the first Congress met in New York in 1789.
  • Vermont became the 14th state in 1791.
  • Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as the 16th president in 1861.
  • Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th president of the United States in 1913.
  • Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president, delivering the famous line “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” in 1933.
  • Actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in 1952.
  • President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation about the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging the situation had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal in 1987.
  • President Bill Clinton banned spending federal money on human cloning in 1997.