Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – February 25, 2015

Count My Vote delay falls in the Senate. Healthy Utah wins Senate approval, but there's not enough support in the House. Lawmakers may sidestep a vote on relocating the prison.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 15
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 167
  • Days to the 2015 election – 251
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 327
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 334
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 489
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 622

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Utah Senate kills a proposed delay to the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan wins preliminary support in the Senate, but House leadership says there is not enough support in their body to pass the Medicaid expansion alternative [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Lawmakers may let the prison commission make the final decision on relocating the Utah State Prison, allowing them to sidestep a politically risky vote [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Gov. Herbert says he's still optimistic that lawmakers will go along with his proposal to pump $500 million into public education coffers [Deseret News].
  5. A new poll finds 55% of Utahns support the fight to win control of public lands from the feds [Utah Policy].
  6. The Utah Senate passes a bill giving the Utah Attorney General 18-months to file a lawsuit laying claim to public lands within the state's borders [Tribune].
  7. Gov. Herbert is worried a proposed death with dignity bill could turn into a "Kevorkian scheme" [Tribune].
  8. A Senate panel approves
  9. A bill setting campaign contribution limits clears a House committee [Deseret News].
  10. Registration fees for alternative fuel cars could see a huge jump under a bill approved by the Senate Transportation Committee [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1791 – The First Bank of the U.S. at Philadelphia became the first national bank chartered by Congress.
  • 1836 – Samuel Colt patented a "revolving gun."
  • 1870 – Hiram Rhoades Revels, a Mississippi Republican, was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African-American in Congress.
  • 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.