Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – February 27, 2015

Herbert hits back at the House over Healthy Utah. The Prison Relocation Commission will add two sites to their list. Medical marijuana advances out of a Senate committee.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 13
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 165
  • Days to the 2015 election – 249
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 325
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 332
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 487
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 620

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert hits House leaders for refusing to act on the Healthy Utah legislation [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. The "frail Utah" alternative to Healthy Utah falls in the Senate [Tribune].
  3. The Prison Relocation Commission will consider two more potential sites for moving the state prison [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Herbert says he puts the odds that the prison will end up moving at 50-50 [Tribune].
  5. Lawmakers are getting "very close" to unveiling non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation [Fox 13].
  6. Count My Vote organizers say a House proposal to kick the ultimate decision back to state delegates if no candidate in a primary election wins a majority of votes would be a violation of their agreement with lawmakers [Utah Policy].
  7. The Senate kills a proposed constitutional amendment to undo the Count My Vote compromise from last year [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The medical marijuana bill advances out of a Senate committee [Tribune].
  9. The Senate advances a 10-cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. A bill allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental medical treatments moves forward on the Hill [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1801 – The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
  • 1933 – Germany's Reichstag caught fire. The ruling Nazis, blaming Communists, used the fire as a pretext to suspend civil liberties.
  • 1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting presidents to two terms, was ratified.
  • 1973 – Members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, S.D. The occupation lasted until May.