Becky Lockhart http://www.deseretnews.com/home/ Becky Lockhart en-us Copyright 2014, Deseret News Publishing Company Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:01 MDT Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:48:43 MDT Newspapers http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 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 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 Washington, D.C., law firm chosen to advise House committee investigation of John Swallow http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584435/Washington-DC-law-firm-chosen-to-advise-House-committee-investigation-of-John-Swallow.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584435/Washington-DC-law-firm-chosen-to-advise-House-committee-investigation-of-John-Swallow.html The Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld was selected Friday to work for the special Utah... Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:40:09 MDT Letters: Search for truth or political witch hunt? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765635462/Search-for-truth-or-political-witch-hunt.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765635462/Search-for-truth-or-political-witch-hunt.html The publicity campaign against John Swallow has now been expanded to the impugning of House Speaker Becky Lockhart for her... Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:00:00 MDT Attorney General John Swallow 'blown away' by Utah House investigation http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584193/Attorney-General-John-Swallow-blown-away-by-Utah-House-investigation.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584193/Attorney-General-John-Swallow-blown-away-by-Utah-House-investigation.html As a Utah House special investigative committee holds its first meeting Tuesday, the subject of its probe, Attorney General... Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:44:19 MDT Panel investigating Attorney General John Swallow to hold first meeting http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584161/Panel-investigating-Attorney-General-John-Swallow-to-hold-first-meeting.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584161/Panel-investigating-Attorney-General-John-Swallow-to-hold-first-meeting.html The Utah House committee investigating embattled Attorney General John Swallow will hold its first meeting Tuesday. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:40:00 MDT Group wants to know how House Speaker Lockhart chose committee investigating Attorney General Swallow http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583909/Group-wants-to-know-how-House-Speaker-Lockhart-chose-committee-investigating-Attorney-General.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583909/Group-wants-to-know-how-House-Speaker-Lockhart-chose-committee-investigating-Attorney-General.html The Alliance for a Better Utah criticized the way House Speaker Becky Lockhart chose a committee to investigate the state's... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:47:35 MDT Immigration reform a 'moral obligation,' signers of GOP letter to Congress say http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583819/Immigration-reform-a-moral-obligation-signers-of-GOP-letter-to-Congress-say.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583819/Immigration-reform-a-moral-obligation-signers-of-GOP-letter-to-Congress-say.html Former state GOP Chairman Stan Lockhart said Tuesday it's time for Republicans in Congress to pay attention to their moral... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:25:52 MDT Lockhart replaces Swallow committee head to avoid conflict http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583634/Lockhart-replaces-Swallow-committee-head-to-avoid-conflict.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583634/Lockhart-replaces-Swallow-committee-head-to-avoid-conflict.html Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart replaced Rep. Lowry Snow as head of the committee investigating Attorney General John... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:08:28 MDT State appoints law firm to investigate Utah Attorney General John Swallow http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583507/State-appoints-law-firm-to-investigate-Utah-Attorney-General-John-Swallow.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583507/State-appoints-law-firm-to-investigate-Utah-Attorney-General-John-Swallow.html Phoenix-based law firm Snell & Wilmer will serve as special counsel to investigate alleged election law violations against... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:50:00 MDT House Speaker Becky Lockhart to decide whether to keep chairman of Swallow committee http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583479/House-Speaker-Becky-Lockhart-to-decide-whether-to-keep-chairman-of-Swallow-committee.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583479/House-Speaker-Becky-Lockhart-to-decide-whether-to-keep-chairman-of-Swallow-committee.html Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart will decide in a few days whether to keep the chairman of a newly appointed committee... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:43:45 MDT Should Swallow investigative committee chairman stay or go? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583405/Should-Swallow-investigative-committee-chairman-stay-or-go.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583405/Should-Swallow-investigative-committee-chairman-stay-or-go.html A special Utah House committee investigating Attorney General John Swallow isn't off to a clean start as its chairman has... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:52:37 MDT Attorney General John Swallow investigative committee faces daunting job http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583338/Attorney-General-John-Swallow-investigative-committee-faces-daunting-job.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583338/Attorney-General-John-Swallow-investigative-committee-faces-daunting-job.html A newly appointed Utah House investigative committee has a daunting task: unravel the tangle of allegations hanging over the... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:17:12 MDT