Time is running out for a deal on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers are grappling with big issues in the final hours of the 2015 session. Most Utahns oppose moving the state prison.
Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 1
Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 153
Days to the 2015 election – 237
Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 313
Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 320
Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 475
Days until the 2016 presidential election – 608
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
It certainly seems like legislators are on the road to doing nothing on Medicaid expansion during the 2015 session [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
There are still a number of big issues left in the final two days of the 2015 session [Tribune].
The non-discrimination/religious liberties bill has one more hurdle to clear after a House committee sends it to the full House for consideration [Tribune, Deseret News].
A new poll shows a sharp divide in Utah on the issue of religious freedoms [Utah Policy].
Another survey finds a majority of Utahns oppose moving the prison from Draper. Those results are consistent with a similar poll conducted in December. Surprisingly, Utah's Democrats seem to be changing their mind on the issue [Utah Policy].
A measure providing for non-partisan school board elections takes another step forward on the Hill after a Senate committee gives it the thumbs up [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
Lawmakers send a bill allowing police officers to pull over motorists for not wearing a seatbelt to the governor's desk [Deseret News, Tribune].
The Senate gives final passage to a measure restoring the firing squad as a backup plan for executions if the chemicals for lethal injections are unavailable [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
Legislators ask for $500,000 to study how a transfer of public lands to state control could benefit Utah's public schools [Tribune].
The public tends to side with Gov. Gary Herbert when there's a conflict between him and the legislature according to a new survey [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
1824 – The U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1941 – The Lend-Lease Bill to help Britain survive attacks by Germany was signed into law by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.
1993 – Janet Reno won unanimous U.S. Senate approval to become the country's first female attorney general.
2011 – Japan was hit by a magnitude-9 earthquake that caused a tsunami. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was severely damaged in the disaster.