Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – February 12, 2015

Healthy Utah advances. Religious liberty and non-discrimination legislation starting to come to light. Constitutional amendment would limit the amount of federal money Utah could receive.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 28
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 180
  • Days to the 2015 election – 264
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 340
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 347
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 502
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 635

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A Senate committee advances a bill containing Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Tribune].
  2. Rep. Robert Spendlove unveils his "middle of the road" alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  3. A number of bills aiming to combine non-discrimination and religious liberties are set to make their debut on the Hill in the coming weeks [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Efforts to combine religious liberty and non-discrimination legislation may be derailed due to internal politics [Utah Policy].
  5. A House committee approves a bill expanding same-day voter registration to early voting [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A proposed state constitutional amendment would limit the amount of federal money the state could receive [Utah Policy].
  7. Groups have made $241 million in requests for funding from lawmakers [Tribune].
  8. The Utah Senate advances a bill requiring high school students pass the same citizenship test given to immigrants in order to graduate [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Some House members propose renaming part of I-15 in honor of the late Speaker Becky Lockhart [Tribune].
  10. The Utah Transit Authority says ridership increased last year by 2-percent, which translates to 1 million riders [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this date in history:

  • 1870 – Women in the Utah territory gained the right to vote.
  • 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York.
  • 1915 – The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.
  • 1999 – The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction.