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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.

Lawmakers extend dating violence protections, expungement for some drug offenses

After nine years of attempts to pass similar legislation, the Utah Legislature passed a bill that enables Utahns 18 and older who are abused or threatened in dating... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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House approves latest version of prison relocation bill

The House approved the latest version of a bill taking the first steps to relocating the Utah State Prison on Thursday that no longer includes a prohibition against... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Legislature passes license plate reader bill

A substituted bill requiring law enforcement to delete data scanned on license plate readers passed 24-0 Thursday in the Senate. Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Late substitute of school grading bill passes after close vote in House

A bill to change the way Utah's public schools are graded was approved by the Legislature on Thursday after narrowly passing the House in a 38-36 vote amid concerns of... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Bill modifying insurance code passes in House

A bill that would modify the insurance code regarding uninsured and underinsured motorists passed unanimously Tuesday in the House. Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Lawmakers rush to change law that allows AG to investigate himself

State lawmakers will rush to change a law Thursday that allows the attorney general to investigate himself when a resident alleges violations of the Utah elections code. Read more »

March 15, 2013

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House passes bill to encourage natural gas use

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow Questar Gas to recover up to $5 million annually from ratepayers to cover the utility’s investments to... Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Legislature passes ACT testing bill

Both chambers of the Utah Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that funds and requires the administration of a college readiness assessment, such as the ACT or SAT, for... Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Legislature passes bill reauthorizing task force to assist returning veterans

A bill reauthorizing a task force to create a statewide action plan that assists veterans to adjust to civilian society passed 68-7 Wednesday in the House. Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Bill offers tax credits for cleaner burning fuels

The House passed a bill Wednesday to offer tax credits for vehicles that run on cleaner burning fuels. Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Legislature allows court to define fault when determining alimony

With a final Utah Senate vote tallied Wednesday, courts will be able to consider fault when awarding alimony after a divorce. Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Bill passed to require federal background checks for Utah child care workers

Individuals who apply for child care licenses in Utah will be subject to an additional background check, thanks to a bill that passed through the Senate on Wednesday. Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Utah commission would assess federal government's budget cuts

A bill that would establish the Federal Funds Commission to prepare a plan to address potential federal fund reductions passed 59-14 in the House Wednesday. Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Move to relocate state prison takes another step forward

A bill marking the next step in relocating the Utah State Prison from Draper passed the House on Wednesday, but not before lawmakers eliminated the possibility that a... Read more »

March 13, 2013

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Electronic student data 'backpack' bill clears Legislature after close House vote

A bill to create a one-stop shop online for all of a student's available performance data cleared the Utah Legislature Wednesday after a narrow victory in the House. Read more »

March 13, 2013

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