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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.

Electronic textbook bill gets cold reception from House committee

A bill to push schools away from paper textbooks lost steam Tuesday as lawmakers voted unanimously to hold the proposal in committee. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Competency-based education bill clears committee

A bill allowing schools to move toward competency-based education narrowly cleared the House Education Committee Tuesday in a 6-5 vote. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Bill allowing counties to set vehicle emissions inspections passes committee

A measure aimed at changing how often vehicles would be required to have emissions inspections passed out of a legislative committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Bill to protect San Juan County from sage grouse listing advances

A resolution urging the U.S. Interior secretary to exempt San Juan County populations of Gunnison sage grouse from any possible listing under the Endangered Species... Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Bill banning roadside pet sales fails in committee

A proposal to stop people from selling pets along the side of the road did not garner enough support in a legislative committee Tuesday. Read more »

March 5, 2013

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Income tax hike bill fails; more study planned for proposed severance tax increase

A bill that would have raised state income taxes on the wealthy to provide more money for schools failed Monday to pass the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, but... Read more »

March 4, 2013

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Early education reading bill clears Senate committee

A bill to create uniform goals for elementary reading improvement programs was advanced Monday by the Senate Education Committee. Read more »

March 4, 2013

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Bill to create online student information profile clears committee

Lawmakers on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would create a one-stop shop for student performance information. Read more »

March 4, 2013

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Changes to controversial prison relocation bill causing confusion

A bill to create a board to oversee relocating the Utah State Prison underwent more changes Monday, including a provision that would have lawmakers considering... Read more »

March 4, 2013

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New plan unveiled to fund public preschool with private dollars

Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, said his proposed bill would create public-private partnerships in which private investors would contribute the money necessary to... Read more »

March 4, 2013

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Utah lawmaker opposes cockfighting bill because abortion is legal

A state senator voted against a bill Monday that would make cockfighting a felony in Utah because abortion is legal. Read more »

March 4, 2013

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Bill affirming state control over guns passes House committee

A controversial bill intended to stop the enforcement of federal gun laws in Utah was approved Monday by the House Judiciary Committee after minimal debate. Read more »

March 4, 2013

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Creating a legislative vision for education: Do Utah lawmakers' bills advance overall goals?

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City and Utah Democratic Party chairman, described the state of education as "catastrophic" and said Democrats were more than willing to... Read more »

March 2, 2013

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Bill would penalize American Sign Language interpreters practicing without proper certification

A law created in 1994 has left many of Utah's deaf residents unprotected for years, but a new proposal aims to give them the help they need in obtaining qualified... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Lawmakers take step to understand Utah's high prevalence of Parkinson's disease

Lawmakers unanimously supported the creation of a Parkinson's disease registry in the state Friday. Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Utah mom takes stand against pornography before Legislature

The Utah Legislature took a step toward regulating sexually explicit images, acknowledging that such images may cause long-term harm to unsuspecting viewers. Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Sex education training bill gets committee approval

A sex education bill supported by Planned Parenthood, the Utah PTA, Utah Eagle Forum and the Sutherland Institute passed in the House Education Committee on Friday. Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Smoking in cars with children poised to become illegal in Utah

Smoking in cars with passengers under age 16 moved closer to becoming illegal in Utah on Friday after a passionate Senate debate over whether the law infringes on... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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House committee supports bill calling for innovative charter schools

The bill requires the State Charter School Board to request applications to establish innovative charter schools, such as a military charter school, a charter school... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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