Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – February 6, 2015

Legislative Republicans mulling joint caucus to deal with Healthy Utah. Gov. Herbert says discrimination exists on both sides of the same-sex marriage argument. A record number of bills on Utah's Capitol Hill this year.

Countdown:

  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 34
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 186
  • Days to the 2015 election – 270
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 346
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 353
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 508
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 641

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House and Senate Republicans are mulling an historic joint closed caucus to discuss Healthy Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says his Healthy Utah plan makes more sense than any other alternative to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  3. Herbert also says his office is investigating incidents of Utahns who have lost their jobs because they've spoken out against same-sex marriage [Deseret News].
  4. House Republicans discuss a number of options for electing State School Board members [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. There's a record number of bills this session on Utah's Capitol Hill [Fox 13].
  6. The Utah House overwhelmingly passes a measure allowing small "political issues committees" to be exempt from campaign reporting requirements [Tribune].
  7. Sen. Allen Christensen wants to keep felons from working as child care providers [Deseret News].
  8. Sen. Stuart Adams is backing legislation to allow justices of the peace to be impeached [Standard-Examiner]. 
  9. President Barack Obama appoints Former Sen. Ross Romero to the Commission on Presidential Scholars [Tribune].
  10. The Utah State Tax Commission uncovers thousands of potentially fake tax returns due to a data breach with a third-party tax preparation software company [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1911 – Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.
  • 1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January, was declared in effect.
  • 1952 – Britain's King George VI died at age 56, and his daughter was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II.