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.

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


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


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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Legislature passes bill banning teen drivers from talking on cellphones

A bill that would fine teen drivers a maximum of $25 for talking on the phone was passed by the Senate Wednesday. Read more »

March 13, 2013


Legislature approves more than $150M extra to public education budget

Utah's public schools will see the largest funding increase in years under the terms of a revised budget that unanimously passed the House of Representatives... Read more »

March 13, 2013


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