How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics – March 7, 2014

Herbert threatens to veto Lockhart’s education plan if it costs too much. Payday lender crackdown sails through the legislature. Autism treatment bill one step closer to approval.

 

Countdown:

  • 6 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 7 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 11 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 13 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 13 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 49 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 109 days until Utah’s 2014 primary elections
  • 242 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 605 days to the 2015 elections
  • 670 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 976 days to the 2016 presidential election

Today’s Utah political news highlights:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert threatens to veto Speaker Becky Lockhart’s education technology initiative if it costs more than $30 million [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  • A measure to tighten restrictions on payday lenders is headed to the Governor [Tribune].
  • Insurers would have to cover autism treatments under a bill headed to the House for debate [Tribune].
  • House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig announces she won’t run for another term [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The House passes two bills stemming from the John Swallow scandal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A bill allowing state regulators to adopt air quality standards more strict than the feds dies in a Senate committee [Deseret News].
  • A House committee advances a bill exempting homeschoolers from state regulation [Tribune].
  • A Senate committee approves a bill allowing the use of cannabis oil for treating seizures [Deseret News, Standard-Examiner].
  • The Senate sends a bill banning panhandling along highways to the governor’s desk [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference [Tribune].
  • The Utah Senate gives thumbs up to a bill banning the use of drones for spying [Tribune].
  • February storms helped boost Utah’s snowpack [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • Daniel Webster gave a three-hour speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850.
  • Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone in 1876.
  • Adolf Hitler ordered German troops into the Rhineland in 1936.
  • State troopers broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama in 1965.
  • John Bolton was nominated by President George W. Bush to be U.S. ambassador to the UN in 2005.