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.



  • 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.