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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.

Wolf advocates howl over $300k spending request

Wolf advocates are howling mad over a pending appropriation at the Utah Legislature of $300,000 to keep wolves out of Utah. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Bill to give more funding to small schools clears committee

A bill to provide additional funding to Utah's small, rural schools was advanced unanimously Wednesday by the House Education Committee. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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House speaker: Time running out for action on prison relocation

House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, said time is running out to deal with a bill creating a board to oversee the possible relocation of the Utah State Prison. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Bill barring outside work in executive branch passes Senate

A bill prompted by Utah Attorney General John Swallow's outside consulting work unanimously passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Utah senator introduces statewide anti-discrimination bill

A state senator introduced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and employment in Utah. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Bill on tattoos, piercings for minors heads to final reading in Senate

The Utah Senate will consider for final passage a bill that clarifies that parents must give written permission and be present when a minor receives a tattoo or body... Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Watered-down version of e-cigarettes bill passes House committee

A Utah lawmaker's efforts to make e-cigarettes subject to the same tax as other tobacco products took a hit Wednesday in a House committee. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Senate passes resolution warning Utahns about effects of porn on kids

A resolution warning Utahns that soft-core or "gateway" pornography is detrimental to brain development in children passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Bill outlines way for once mentally ill people to own guns in Utah

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would provide an avenue for people whom the courts have deemed mentally ill to be removed from a federal list that prohibits... Read more »

March 6, 2013

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At-home sex education bill falls flat in the House

A bill to create at-home resources for parents on the subject of sex education failed to clear its final hurdle Wednesday. Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Resolution giving governor, Senate more power over school board advances

A constitutional amendment that either increases consistency and balance in Utah's educational system or undermines the authority of elected State School Board members... Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Bill creating state suicide prevention coordinators passes Senate committee

A bill creating suicide prevention coordinators for the state was passed Wednesday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee despite concerns about funding the... Read more »

March 6, 2013

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Downtown convention hotel gets committee approval

Utah's capital city is one step closer to having a new hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Senate GOP rejects preschool bill that would have set public-private partnerships

SB71 would have created a system of public-private partnerships in which investors would contribute the money necessary to expand high-quality preschool programs... Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Senate takes step back but passes new prison relocation bill

After weeks of back and forth on a controversial bill to create a board to oversee the possible relocation of the Utah State Prison, a new version emerged Tuesday. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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'Zion curtain' bill passes House, advances to Senate

A bill that would allow restaurants to tear down the so-called "Zion curtain" intended to shield customers from the preparation of alcoholic drinks passed the House on... Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Gov. Herbert supportive of bill banning smoking in cars with children

Gov. Gary Herbert said he sees the need for a bill banning smoking in cars when there are child passengers that has passed the 2013 Legislature. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Revised class-size reduction bill gets committee approval

A class-size reduction bill that effectively died in committee due to lack of funding was resurrected Tuesday, albeit in a wholly different form. A substitute bill... Read more »

March 5, 2013

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