Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – February 24, 2015

Utahns overwhelmingly support plan for massive school funding boost. The Senate advances proposed constitutional amendment to kill Count My Vote. Non-discrimination legislation coming later this week.

Countdown:

  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 16
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 168
  • Days to the 2015 election – 252
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 328
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 335
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 490
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 623

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Nearly 7 in 10 Utahns support Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to pump $500 million into Utah's public schools [Utah Policy].
  2. The Utah Senate advances a proposed state constitutional amendment that would override the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Capitol Hill sources say legislators should unveil their non-discrimination and religious liberty proposals later this week [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah legislators are now taking applications from outside lawyers tho want to aid the state in the fight over control of public lands [Tribune].
  5. Senators kill a bill allowing the state to adopt tougher clean-air standards than those set by the federal government [Deseret News].
  6. A Senate panel approves a bill clamping down on anonymous campaign donations [Deseret News].
  7. A Senate committee holds a measure banning those under the age of 19 from entering tobacco shops on concerns it may set up some unintended consequences [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. Lobbyists may ditch wearing nametags under a proposed bill approved by a Senate committee on Monday [Tribune].
  9. A bill requiring new drivers to take an additional written test before getting their license wins final approval and now heads to the governor [Tribune].
  10. The House passes a measure giving teachers a modest tax credit for buying classroom supplies with their own money [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1803 – The Supreme Court ruled in Marbury v. Madison that they were the final interpreter of constitutional issues.
  • 1868 – The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
  • 1920 – The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
  • 2006 – South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.