Becky Lockhart http://www.deseretnews.com/home/ Becky Lockhart en-us Copyright 2014, Deseret News Publishing Company Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:01 MDT Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:25:35 MDT Newspapers http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Re-enactment of 'This is the place' using modern technology http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607606/Re-enactment-of-This-is-the-place-using-modern-technology.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607606/Re-enactment-of-This-is-the-place-using-modern-technology.html In the spirit of Pioneer Day and reflecting on our heritage, we update an old column and provide a “re-enactment”... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:04:01 MDT Conflicting court rulings may slow Medicaid expansion decision in Utah http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607385/Conflicting-court-rulings-may-slow-Medicaid-expansion-decision-in-Utah.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607385/Conflicting-court-rulings-may-slow-Medicaid-expansion-decision-in-Utah.html Legislative action on Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion could be pushed back until next year as... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:31:01 MDT Lawmakers schooled on classroom technology http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607365/Lawmakers-schooled-on-classroom-technology.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607365/Lawmakers-schooled-on-classroom-technology.html Members of the Education Task Force participated in demonstrations by Utah teachers on the application of classroom... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:45:17 MDT Dan Liljenquist: There is a silver lining to Shurtleff and Swallow arrests http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607049/There-is-a-silver-lining-to-Shurtleff-and-Swallow-arrests.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607049/There-is-a-silver-lining-to-Shurtleff-and-Swallow-arrests.html While I agree with Gov. Gary Herbert’s comment that the arrests of Swallow and Shurtleff are a “black eye for our... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:21:39 MDT What do the charges and arrests say about Utah? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606983/What-do-the-charges-and-arrests-say-about-Utah.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606983/What-do-the-charges-and-arrests-say-about-Utah.html Gov. Gary Herbert called the arrests Tuesday of former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow on public... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:40:00 MDT My view: It is time for lawmakers to stop stalling with Medicaid http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606562/It-is-time-for-lawmakers-to-stop-stalling-with-Medicaid.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606562/It-is-time-for-lawmakers-to-stop-stalling-with-Medicaid.html Can Utah’s legislature, in good conscience, continue to stall on this Medicaid? I ask that Speaker Lockhart,... Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:27:08 MDT Natalie Gochnour: Gail Miller would make a great governor http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606454/Gail-Miller-would-make-a-great-governor.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606454/Gail-Miller-would-make-a-great-governor.html I’m confident Gov. Herbert, should he decide to run again, would continue to do a great job. I also think Gail Miller... Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:55:00 MDT Herbert running again in 2016 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605844/Herbert-running-again-in-2016.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605844/Herbert-running-again-in-2016.html Utah Gov. Gary Herbert publicly announced Thursday that he's running for re-election in 2016. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:25:08 MDT Utah Technology Council president asks for 'quantum leap' in technology education http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605719/Utah-Technology-Council-president-asks-for-quantum-leap-in-technology-education.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605719/Utah-Technology-Council-president-asks-for-quantum-leap-in-technology-education.html Members of the Education Interim Committee discussed the need for greater technology education in schools during their... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:05:57 MDT Lawmakers warned Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion alternative carries 'substantial risk' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605413/Lawmakers-warned-Gov-Gary-Herberts-Medicaid-expansion-alternative-carries-substantial-risk.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605413/Lawmakers-warned-Gov-Gary-Herberts-Medicaid-expansion-alternative-carries-substantial-risk.html GOP lawmakers were warned Wednesday the cost of accepting the nearly $300 million in Medicaid expansion money available under... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:55:00 MDT Utah lawmakers take no action on alcohol permit rule http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605258/Utah-lawmakers-take-no-action-on-alcohol-permit-rule.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605258/Utah-lawmakers-take-no-action-on-alcohol-permit-rule.html A legislative committee took no action Monday after holding a hearing on how the state liquor commission decides whether... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:16:01 MDT Western GOP leaders told divisiveness on race, gender 'unacceptable' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601768/Western-GOP-leaders-told-divisiveness-on-race-gender-unacceptable.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601768/Western-GOP-leaders-told-divisiveness-on-race-gender-unacceptable.html New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the Western Republican Leadership Conference Thursday by advising GOP leaders from... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:59:28 MDT Western states to feds: Turn over public lands http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601377/Western-states-to-feds-Turn-over-public-lands.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601377/Western-states-to-feds-Turn-over-public-lands.html A public lands summit at the Utah State Capitol drew top legislative leaders from eight Western states who are trying map out... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:25:00 MDT Gov. Herbert still optimistic about Medicaid expansion plan http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601180/Gov-Herbert-still-optimistic-about-Medicaid-expansion-plan.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601180/Gov-Herbert-still-optimistic-about-Medicaid-expansion-plan.html Gov. Gary Herbert continued to be optimistic Wednesday that the federal government will sign off soon on his proposed... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:58:00 MDT State lawmakers won't override Gov. Herbert vetoes http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600987/State-lawmakers-wont-override-Gov-Herbert-vetoes.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600987/State-lawmakers-wont-override-Gov-Herbert-vetoes.html State lawmakers won't override any of the three bills Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed from the most recent legislative session. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:30:00 MDT Rep. Bird, Auditor Hawkins lose reelection bids at Salt Lake County GOP convention http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600892/Rep-Bird-Auditor-Hawkins-lose-reelection-bids-at-Salt-Lake-County-GOP-convention.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600892/Rep-Bird-Auditor-Hawkins-lose-reelection-bids-at-Salt-Lake-County-GOP-convention.html Salt Lake County Republicans voted at their convention Saturday to end the reelection bids of both Rep. Jim Bird, R-West... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:05:00 MDT Gov. Herbert: Sebelius resignation won't slow Medicaid expansion talks http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600766/Gov-Herbert-Sebelius-resignation-wont-slow-Medicaid-expansion-talks.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600766/Gov-Herbert-Sebelius-resignation-wont-slow-Medicaid-expansion-talks.html Gov. Gary Herbert said Friday he doesn't believe the sudden resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:55:00 MDT Gov. Herbert vetoes 3 bills, including 1 stemming from Swallow investigation http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600045/Gov-Herbert-vetoes-3-bills-including-1-stemming-from-Swallow-investigation.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600045/Gov-Herbert-vetoes-3-bills-including-1-stemming-from-Swallow-investigation.html Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed three bills Wednesday, including one of the pieces of legislation stemming from the investigation... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:25:00 MDT Gov. Herbert hopes to resolve Medicaid expansion by summer http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599613/Gov-Herbert-hopes-to-resolve-Medicaid-expansion-by-summer.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599613/Gov-Herbert-hopes-to-resolve-Medicaid-expansion-by-summer.html Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he is "cautiously optimistic" his plan for Medicaid expansion will be accepted by the federal... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:51:43 MDT A. Scott Anderson: Business leaders in Utah enjoy higher favorability than politicians http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599490/Business-leaders-in-Utah-enjoy-higher-favorability-than-politicians.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599490/Business-leaders-in-Utah-enjoy-higher-favorability-than-politicians.html Who are Utah’s most respected public figures? Interestingly, among the top five, only one is an incumbent elected... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 MDT John Florez: Legislators abandon caring values http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599247/Legislators-abandon-caring-values.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599247/Legislators-abandon-caring-values.html The lawmakers want to make political points by lambasting federal money and big government then work hard to get federal... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:17:50 MDT North Davis Junior High students spend the school day with iPads http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598894/North-Davis-Junior-High-students-spend-the-school-day-with-iPads.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598894/North-Davis-Junior-High-students-spend-the-school-day-with-iPads.html North Davis Junior High students are all equipped with iPads after a 1:1 iPad initiative introduced at the school last month. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:15:00 MDT Lawmakers say they made strides but need to look to the future http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598881/Lawmakers-say-they-made-strides-but-need-to-look-to-the-future.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598881/Lawmakers-say-they-made-strides-but-need-to-look-to-the-future.html After what House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, called an "intense" 45-day legislative session, Utah lawmakers are already... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:47:40 MDT On second thought http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598672/On-second-thought.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598672/On-second-thought.html A lighthearted look at news events of the day. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 MDT Utah lawmakers stand pat on liquor laws http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598750/Utah-lawmakers-stand-pat-on-liquor-laws.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598750/Utah-lawmakers-stand-pat-on-liquor-laws.html State lawmakers stood pat on liquor laws this year, though there was some talk of removing the so-called Zion Curtain in Utah... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MDT New legislation contributes to education goals, but major reforms remain out of reach http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598748/New-legislation-contributes-to-education-goals-but-major-reforms-remain-out-of-reach.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598748/New-legislation-contributes-to-education-goals-but-major-reforms-remain-out-of-reach.html Education officials believe the actions by lawmakers will advance the state's goals of increased grade-level proficiency and... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:55:00 MDT Can House speaker be a 'real fighter' in governor's race? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598747/Can-House-speaker-be-a-real-fighter-in-governors-race.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598747/Can-House-speaker-be-a-real-fighter-in-governors-race.html House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, started the 2014 Legislature swinging, but by the end of the session she'd dropped... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:40:00 MDT Gov. Herbert calls 2014 Legislature a success http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598651/Gov-Herbert-calls-2014-Legislature-a-success.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598651/Gov-Herbert-calls-2014-Legislature-a-success.html Gov. Gary Herbert spent the last night of the 2014 Legislature Thursday celebrating his success in getting nearly all of his... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:40:00 MDT Legislature meets top priorities of public, higher education http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598650/Legislature-meets-top-priorities-of-public-higher-education.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598650/Legislature-meets-top-priorities-of-public-higher-education.html Lawmakers appropriated more than $240 million in additional funding to public and higher education during the 2014... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:20:00 MDT Dan Liljenquist: Legislative gems: Much to admire from this legislative session http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598569/Legislative-gems-Much-to-admire-from-this-legislative-session.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598569/Legislative-gems-Much-to-admire-from-this-legislative-session.html Lost in the political drama of the legislative session, legislators were hard at work passing bills and building budgets that... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:24:24 MDT In our opinion: In making educational progress in Utah, no single solution will suffice http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598427/In-making-educational-progress-in-Utah-no-single-solution-will-suffice.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598427/In-making-educational-progress-in-Utah-no-single-solution-will-suffice.html Technology and funding must both be incorporated into a balanced and thoughtful approach to education reform. No single... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:30:31 MDT Lockhart's iPad-in-every-backpack plan lacked vision http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598441/Lockharts-iPad-in-every-backpack-plan-lacked-vision.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598441/Lockharts-iPad-in-every-backpack-plan-lacked-vision.html In democracies (democratic republics, to be more precise), politicians rarely change the world through surprise legislation.... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:05:30 MDT Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund 'doing well' after being rushed to hospital http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598505/Utah-Senate-Majority-Leader-Ralph-Okerlund-doing-well-after-being-rushed-to-hospital.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598505/Utah-Senate-Majority-Leader-Ralph-Okerlund-doing-well-after-being-rushed-to-hospital.html Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, was "stable and doing well" after leaving the Capitol on a stretcher... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:50:00 MDT House report: John Swallow hung 'for sale' sign on door of attorney general's office http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598492/House-report-John-Swallow-hung-for-sale-sign-on-door-of-attorney-generals-office.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598492/House-report-John-Swallow-hung-for-sale-sign-on-door-of-attorney-generals-office.html The special House committee charged with investigating former Attorney General John Swallow ended its work Wednesday with the... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:30:00 MDT Gov. Herbert: I'm an 'action figure' on Medicaid expansion issue http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598455/Gov-Herbert-Im-an-action-figure-on-Medicaid-expansion-issue.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598455/Gov-Herbert-Im-an-action-figure-on-Medicaid-expansion-issue.html Gov. Gary Herbert made it clear Tuesday he's not waiting around for lawmakers to make a decision about Medicaid expansion,... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:41:47 MDT House panel to release final report on ex-Attorney General John Swallow http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598436/House-panel-to-release-final-report-on-ex-Attorney-General-John-Swallow.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598436/House-panel-to-release-final-report-on-ex-Attorney-General-John-Swallow.html The story on former Attorney General John Swallow will be out Wednesday, at least as told by the Utah House Special... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:35:00 MDT House won't consider Senate's partial Medicaid expansion plan http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598319/House-wont-consider-Senates-partial-Medicaid-expansion-plan.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598319/House-wont-consider-Senates-partial-Medicaid-expansion-plan.html The Utah Senate passed a partial Medicaid expansion plan Monday that also gives Gov. Gary Herbert the ability to seek a... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:15:00 MDT No money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology plan in budget http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598312/No-money-for-House-Speaker-Becky-Lockharts-education-technology-plan-in-budget.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598312/No-money-for-House-Speaker-Becky-Lockharts-education-technology-plan-in-budget.html There is no money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology initiative in the budget deal worked out over the... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:45:00 MDT Letter: Education priority misalignment http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598240/Education-priority-misalignment.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598240/Education-priority-misalignment.html Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:00 MST Jay Evensen: Don't mess with a great Utah property tax law http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598004/Dont-mess-with-a-great-Utah-property-tax-law.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598004/Dont-mess-with-a-great-Utah-property-tax-law.html If Utah has gotten one aspect of taxing and public accountability right, it is with property taxes. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 MST Utah A.G. John Swallow resigns, citing toll on family, finances http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591040/Utah-AG-John-Swallow-resigns-citing-toll-on-family-finances.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591040/Utah-AG-John-Swallow-resigns-citing-toll-on-family-finances.html Utah Attorney General John Swallow announced his resignation Thursday after 10 months of intense public scrutiny that started... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:05:00 MST Natalie Gochnour: Utah needs more women in decision-making roles http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589547/Utah-needs-more-women-in-decision-making-roles.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589547/Utah-needs-more-women-in-decision-making-roles.html Utah has a proud legacy of extraordinary female leadership. Let’s take this proud legacy and do more. We still have a... Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 MDT In our opinion: USTAR's troubling audit demands better answers http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588963/USTARs-troubling-audit-demands-better-answers.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588963/USTARs-troubling-audit-demands-better-answers.html A new legislative audit shows that USTAR has misrepresented its supposed successes by a startling degree. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 MDT Utah lawmakers set aside another $7 million for national parks just as Congress reaches deal http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588546/Utah-lawmakers-set-aside-another-7-million-for-national-parks-just-as-Congress-reaches-deal.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588546/Utah-lawmakers-set-aside-another-7-million-for-national-parks-just-as-Congress-reaches-deal.html State lawmakers set aside another $7 million to keep Utah's national parks open even as Congress tried to make a deal... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:30:00 MDT Utah may spend another $7M to keep national parks open http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588472/Utah-may-spend-another-7M-to-keep-national-parks-open.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588472/Utah-may-spend-another-7M-to-keep-national-parks-open.html Utah lawmakers might spend another $7 million to keep the state's national parks open into early December should Congress... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:20:00 MDT Audit: USTAR revenue, jobs reports were overstated and inaccurate http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588452/Audit-USTAR-revenue-jobs-reports-were-overstated-and-inaccurate.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588452/Audit-USTAR-revenue-jobs-reports-were-overstated-and-inaccurate.html A new audit by Office of the Legislative Auditor General found a number of reporting and oversight errors at the Utah Science... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:06:01 MDT Utah's national parks starting to open http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588203/Utahs-national-parks-starting-to-open.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588203/Utahs-national-parks-starting-to-open.html National Park Service workers were busy Friday preparing to open eight national recreation sites in Utah that were closed the... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:10:00 MDT Utah's national parks, Lake Powell to reopen Saturday http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588123/Utahs-national-parks-Lake-Powell-to-reopen-Saturday.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588123/Utahs-national-parks-Lake-Powell-to-reopen-Saturday.html Utah's five national parks will reopen Saturday morning after the state reached an agreement with the Department of the... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:15:00 MDT Gov. Herbert names Rep. Spencer Cox new lieutenant governor http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865587957/Gov-Herbert-names-Rep-Spencer-Cox-new-lieutenant-governor.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865587957/Gov-Herbert-names-Rep-Spencer-Cox-new-lieutenant-governor.html Gov. Gary Herbert surprised just about everyone Tuesday by naming a relatively unknown freshman in the state House, Rep.... Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:12:23 MDT Lawmakers consider changes to State School Board elections http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585373/Lawmakers-consider-changes-to-State-School-Board-elections.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585373/Lawmakers-consider-changes-to-State-School-Board-elections.html A discussion by lawmakers Tuesday suggests there's a consensus that the governing model of Utah public education needs to be... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:32:18 MDT