Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – February 10, 2015

Niederhauser leaning toward supporting Healthy Utah. The Senate approves an education budget with $63 million in cuts. Bramble is confident the Count My Vote compromise will survive.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 30
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 182
  • Days to the 2015 election – 266
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 342
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 349
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 504
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 637

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he is leaning toward supporting Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Utah Policy].
  2. House Republicans say the federal government may give the state more flexibility in negotiations over Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  3. The proposed joint closed caucus so House and Senate Republicans can discuss Medicaid expansion is coming under fire by open government advocates [Tribune].
  4. The Utah Senate approved a base budget for public education that has $63 million in cuts [Tribune].
  5. Sen. Curt Bramble says he's confident lawmakers will honor the Count My Vote compromise they voted for last year [Utah Policy].
  6. The Utah State School Board puts new science education standards on hold [Tribune].
  7. Lawmakers debate performance-based funding for higher education [Deseret News].
  8. The Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill requiring Utah students pass the same civics test given to immigrants in order to graduate [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A House committee approves legislation allowing terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments that have not yet won FDA approval [Tribune].
  10. Newly unsealed search warrants in the case against Mark Shurtleff portray the former Attorney General as living it up on the dime of others [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1846 – Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints began an exodus west from Illinois.
  • 1949 – Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened on Broadway.
  • 1967 – The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.
  • 1989 – Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.