- With less than 24 hours to go in the legislative session, lawmakers are still at an impasse on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Utahns overwhelmingly back a shift in Utah's criminal justice system focusing that's focused on treatment over incarceration [Utah Policy].
- The Utah Senate hijacks a House bill calling for non-partisan school board elections, swapping it out with a plan for partisan elections [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Lawmakers are still trying to come to an accord over a gas tax hike [Deseret News].
- The Legislature gives final passage to historic non-discrimination legislation that includes protections for religious liberties [Tribune].
- The House gives final approval to legislation allowing government workers to opt out of performing same-sex marriages [Tribune].
- The public is split on whether police should be able to pull over drivers because they're not wearing a seat belt, but they're solidly behind a plan to ban drivers from making calls behind the wheel unless it's hands-free [Utah Policy].
- A bill to equalize tax revenue among school districts barely passes the Utah House and now heads to the governor [Tribune].
- Lawmakers send a bill making game fowl fighting a felony to the governor [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Former Governor Jon Huntsman joins Sen. Mike Lee's re-election campaign [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thursday Morning 2015 Utah Legislative News Roundup
Via Utah Policy, and with the 2015 Utah legislative session set to wrap up at midnight tonight, here are this morning's "top ten headlines," folks: