Poll: Hillary bests Jeb Bush in White House race. Herbert may veto Lockhart's ed initiative. Seelign won't seek re-election.
Happy Friday. Should former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decide to follow the family tradition and run for president, he'll be starting far behind Hillary Clinton, a new poll shows. Bush would grab around 33 percent of likely voters as compared to the 47 percent Clinton takes. Of course, it's all hypothetical -- who knows who the general election candidates will be in two years -- but interesting to note how well Clinton marks this early. [SunshineStateNews]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert said he would consider vetoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart's proposal to put more technology in schools if lawmakers give the program more than $30 million. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald] [KUTV]
-> House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig announced that she will not run for re-election so that she can finish her doctoral dissertation, which she says she has put off for eight years. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Some Utah families are waiting for lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the use of non-intoxicating cannabis oil to treat children with epilepsy. Some have given up and gone to Colorado to seek treatment. [Trib] Here's a gallery of photos and stories of kids waiting for treatment. [Trib] The legislation passed a Senate committee. [DNews] [Fox13] [CityWeekly]
Tweet of the day: From @SenLyleHillyard: "@utahsenate should be able to move along quickly this morning - half of the microphones aren't working."
From @mckaycoppins: "OH at CPAC: An excited young man telling his friends, 'Just think! Everybody here thinks exactly like we do!'"
Happy Birthday: To Taylorsville Chief Financial Officer Scott Harrington, Friends of Cornflakes Jared Whitley and Scott Burns, and on Saturday to former Taylorsville police chief and Unified Police Department Captain Del Craig.
On the Hill: The House passed two bills prompted by the investigation into former AG John Swallow. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A House committee passed legislation to cap how much money a person or other entity can give to a candidate. [CityWeekly]
-> The New Hampshire secretary of state wants Utah lawmakers to reject legislation that would steal the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary. [Trib]
-> The House passed a bill offering subsidies to help the around 200 Utahns who still rely on wood burning stoves to convert to natural gas. [Trib] [KUER]
-> A Senate panel killed legislation allowing Utah to set stricter air quality standards than those set by the EPA. [DNews]
-> A proposed bill would make changes to a state-administered fund for cleaning up leaks from underground petroleum tanks in order to keep the fund solvent. [Trib]
-> Gov. Herbert visited the 4th Street Clinic and talked with Utahns about his healthcare plan. [DNews] [KUER] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> Utahns without health insurance also told their stories on the Hill. [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]
-> Jim Dabakis and Thomas Wright give their take on expanding Medicaid. [ABC4] Sen. Gene David says Utahns are paying into Medicaid, so they should benefit from the federal expansion. [UtahPolicy]
-> A Senate committee passed a bill allowing elementary schools to teach parents and children about how to prevent child sex abuse. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A House panel advanced a proposal to exempt home-schooled students from state curriculum standards. [Trib]
-> The Senate passed legislation to fund preschool programs to help children in poverty. [KUER]
-> The Senate also approved a bill making changes to how the state grades schools. [Trib]
-> A House committee advanced legislation to penalize schools for making deals with the federal government behind the Utah Board of Education's back. [DNews]
-> A payday loan reform bill passed the Senate and is now on the governor's desk. [Trib]
-> Legislation banning panhandling on state highways, freeways and shoulders is on its way to the governor's office. [Trib]
-> A House panel advanced a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatments. [Trib]
-> Legislation to regulate how law enforcement can use drones passed the Senate. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> A House committee passed a bill to gather information on forcible raids by law enforcement into homes. [CityWeekly]
-> Legislation to prevent children involved in prostitution from being prosecuted is on its way to governor's office. [DNews]
-> Lawmakers are considering a proposal to educate Utahns about the dangers of radon gas. [Trib]
-> A House panel advanced a bill changing the process to challenge a voter's eligibility. [Trib]
-> Students played music on the Hill in support of funding music programs in school. [DNews] [Fox13]
In other news: Sen Mike Lee says conservatives need to redefine themselves or they will lose every election going forward. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses a case in which a court ruled that the Utah County Republican Party vice chairman slandered a party activist. [Trib]
-> Here's a nifty graphic that shows the number of active-duty military personnel in each state. Utah ranks 32nd. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake Chamber is offering a free class on neighborhood caucuses. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the GOP response to Russia vs. Ukraine. [Trib]
Nationally: The Senate voted down a proposal to change how the military handles sexual assault cases. [WaPost]
-> The House made its first move in response the Russia's invasion on Ukraine. [Politico]
-> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at CPAC called President Barack Obama a weak leader. [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Derek Miller, holds a Cabinet meeting, meets with Rio Tinto London officials and later with Shirlee Silversmith and the Tribal Council.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox also hits the Cabinet meeting.
- President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visits a classroom at Coral Reef High School in Miami, Fla., to speak on the importance of education.
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