ArchiveHow to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 4, 2014Bryan Schott·March 4, 2014· Share Count My Vote compromise advances. Lawmakers introduce a record number of bills. House advances their alternative to Medicaid expansion. Countdown: 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.