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.

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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