Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – March 4, 2015

The House reverses course and schedules a hearing on Healthy Utah. The Senate advances the medical marijuana bill. Lawmakers trying to find a compromise on a gas tax hike.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 8
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 160
  • Days to the 2015 election – 244
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 320
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 327
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 482
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 615

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The House will hold a committee meeting on Healthy Utah and their competing Medicaid expansion plan Wednesday night [Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's not yet sold on a compromise over Healthy Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah Senate sends the medical marijuana bill for a final vote in their body [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. A proposed overhaul of Utah's criminal justice system passes the Utah House and heads to the Senate [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Legislators are trying to find common ground on raising Utah's gas tax to increase funding for roads [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. The Utah House kills an attempt by Rep. Brian King to set limits on campaign donations [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A Senate panel advances a "constitutional carry" gun bill that's identical to one vetoed by Gov. Herbert in 2013. Herbert says he would veto the bill again if it gets to his desk [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. The Senate advances two measures changing state school board elections while the House kills a proposal making those elections non-partisan [Tribune].
  9. A House committee approves legislation exempting some wood-burning stoves from state clean air regulations [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A new report confirms Utah is headed toward a big shortfall in transportation funding unless lawmakers do something to fix the problem [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – The U.S Congress met for the first time, in New York City. 
  • 1917 – Jeanette Rankin, a Montana Republican, was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. She was the first woman to serve in Congress.
  • 1933 – Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in the Cabinet when she took over as secretary of labor.
  • 1987 – President Ronald Reagan acknowledged his administration swapped arms to Iran for U.S. hostages.