A majority of Utahns want lawmakers to pass Healthy Utah. Anti-bias/religious liberties legislation passes the Utah Senate. Support for the Count My Vote compromise passed last year appears to be falling.
Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 3
Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 155
Days to the 2015 election – 239
Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 315
Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 322
Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 477
Days until the 2016 presidential election – 610
Monday's top-10 headlines:
A new survey finds 55% of Utahns want the legislature to pass the Healthy Utah plan while just 20% favor the Utah Cares alternative [Utah Policy].
The Utah House moved forward with the Utah Cares plan for Medicaid expansion on Friday despite attempts by Democrats to hijack the bill to replace it with Healthy Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
Implementing the Utah Cares plan instead of Healthy Utah would leave $2.7 billion in federal funding on the table [Utah Policy].
The anti-bias/religious liberty bill clears the Senate and heads to the House [Deseret News, Tribune].
LGBT groups are worried about a bill allowing government employees to refuse to marry same-sex couple [Tribune, Deseret News].
A poll shows public support for the "Count My Vote" compromise is falling. The same survey also shows Utahns prefer a runoff election if no candidate wins a majority of the vote under that compromise [Utah Policy].
The Utah GOP votes to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 instead of a primary. That decision is still subject to approval by delegates at their convention this summer [Deseret News].
The preliminary budget numbers show lawmakers have boosted education funding, but it's short of the $500 million benchmark set by Gov. Gary Herbert [Tribune].
Lawmakers are close to approving a measure requiring the legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert to sign off on relocating the prison [Tribune, Deseret News].
Salt Lake City will honor the legacy of former mayor Deedee Corradini on Monday [Tribune].
On this day in history:
1841 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery and were free under U.S. law.
1862 – A battle between ironclad ships – the Union's Monitor and the Confederate's Merrimac – ended in a draw off the coast of Virginia.
1933 – Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
2005 – Dan Rather stepped down as anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News" after acknowledging major flaws in a story about U.S. President George W. Bush's National Guard service.