Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – March 3, 2015

Lawmakers may have a compromise on Medicaid expansion. Legislators have hundreds of bills still to consider in the final days of the 2015 session. The debate over medical marijuana begins on the Hill.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 9
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 161
  • Days to the 2015 election – 245
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 321
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 328
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 483
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 616

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Lawmakers are floating a possible solution to Medicaid expansion that combines Healthy Utah and "frail Utah" [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Lawmakers are facing an avalanche of legislation in the waning days of the session as nearly 800 bills have been introduced so far [Utah Policy].
  3. Senators begin debate on Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana legislation [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  4. Legislation dealing with religious liberty and non-discrimination should see the light of day on Tuesday [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. A bill to send primary election results back to a political party if no candidate gets a majority moves forward over the objections of Count My Vote organizers [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The Utah Senate approves legislation banning contact lens makers from price fixing in Utah [Tribune].
  7. A poll shows Utahns favor tax hikes to pay for water development projects [Utah Policy].
  8. If lawmakers have a conflict of interest, legislative rules say they must vote anyway [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Ken Ivory's proposal to eliminate the statute of limitation in civil cases involving sexual abuse moves out of the Utah House [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Real Salt Lake owner Del Loy Hansen may build a minor league soccer stadium in West Valley after construction plans at the Utah State Fairpark fall through [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1845 – Florida was admitted to the Union as the 27th state.
  • 1879 – Attorney Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1931 – An act of Congress designated the "Start Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.
  • 1991 – Motorist Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police in a scene captured on amateur video.