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Utah Legislature 2013

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Deseret News' coverage of the Utah Legislature 2013 will zero-in on effects more than process, keeping foremost in our coverage what matters to Utah families as we explore the issues that have the potential to impact your job, gas, schools and food.

Based on our grass-roots efforts, Deseret News editors have identified five key issues that matter to Utah families. These issues include early childhood education, college and career readiness, economic development, health care and well-being, and intergenerational poverty.

These issues are often interrelated and essential to continued prosperity. We present those issues to you with a promise that our legislative coverage will center on those things that matter most to you.

Granite contest seeks student-designed ads for school buses

The Granite School District is seeking student-designed advertisements to be placed on district school buses. Read more »

Jan. 16, 2014

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Filing window for municipal candidates cut in half

Municipal candidates in Utah will have a smaller window in order to get their names on the ballot, thanks to a new piece of legislation that goes into effect this spring. Read more »

March 26, 2013

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School board won't request veto of school grading bill, but members wary of legislation

The State School Board will not ask the governor to veto a controversial bill that changes the way school performance grades are calculated. Read more »

March 20, 2013

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Both sides hitting Herbert on 'constitutional carry' gun law

Telephones rang constantly in the governor's office Monday as people weighed in on the so-called "constitutional carry" gun law the Utah Legislature passed last week. Read more »

March 18, 2013

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House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart reflects on 2013 legislative session (+video)

Utah Speaker of the House, Rebecca Lockhart, sits down with ULCT's Susan Wood to discuss the recently adjourned 2013 legislative session Read more »

March 18, 2013

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Poverty battle will center on new state commission

Sen. Stuart Reid has a to-do list for five state department heads for the coming year: Develop policy recommendations to break the cycle of children in poverty... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Economic growth remains a focus on education

Legislative efforts to put Utah in a position to maintain and build its healthy economy focused on education and the desire to free Point of the Mountain from the... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Family health successes overshadowed by Medicaid debate

A power struggle with the governor on Medicaid expansion dominated the conversation on family health at the 2013 Legislature, but lawmakers did make friendly moves... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Education gets a boost, but preschool advances remain elusive

Education funding received a boost at the 2013 Legislature, but specific attention to preschool development for children, caps on class sizes and time for teachers to... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Higher education action includes money for tech college

For months, Gov. Gary Herbert has been advocating for a statewide goal to have two-thirds of Utah's adults holding a postsecondary degree or certification by the... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Calm legislative session makes some gains

The 2013 Legislature was summed up as calm and even boring as lawmakers tried to stay away from controversy and put their focus on education and other issues important... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Bishop Wester joins voices calling for veto of controversial gun bill

The leader of Utah's Catholics, Salt Lake City's mayor and a mother who lost her daughter in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School have all added their voices... Read more »

March 15, 2013

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Utah children win gains in health care, but Medicaid expansion still undecided

In last-minute efforts, Utah lawmakers tried first to usurp and then ultimately reinstate Gov. Gary Herbert's authority on decisions dealing with health care reform. Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Governor: Lawmakers took 'a little bit of my advice' on gun bills

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that lawmakers paid at least some attention to his advice on gun legislation this session, but he has not ruled out vetoing a... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Utah lawmakers take a small stand against pornography

Utah lawmakers voted Thursday to recognize that certain adult images play a detrimental role in the development of a child's brain. Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Downtown convention hotel bill fails in House

A bill that would have provided tax credits for the development of a hotel near the Salt Palace Convention Center was narrowly defeated in the House on Thursday night. Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Parental rights, adoption, public assistance top human services agenda

Children ages 12 and older could petition courts through attorneys to ask that their parents' parental rights be restored in limited circumstances under a bill passed... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Privatizing Utah prison system an option as relocation bill passes

Privatizing Utah's prison may be among the options a new committee considers as it evaluates bids to move the current facility. Read more »

March 14, 2013

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House, Senate lock horns over liquor laws, but 'Zion curtain' stays

Utah House members expressed frustration Thursday over the Senate driving alcohol policy in the state, particularly its resistance to taking down the so-called "Zion... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Legislature meets education funding priorities, looks to future

Lawmakers met the top funding priorities of both public and higher education for the 2013-14 academic year, leading to a legislative session that focused less on... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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