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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.

House passes bill creating state suicide prevention coordinator

The House passed a bill Friday to create a state suicide prevention coordinator for the State Office of Education and require that the Division Substance Abuse and... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Group rallies on Capitol Hill for decision to expand Medicaid and insure more Utahns

People gathered Friday at a rally at the state Capitol to encourage Gov. Gary Herbert to expand Medicaid in Utah. Several dozen people worked for weeks to connect... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Senate panel advances bill for executive branch ethics commission

A Senate committee endorsed a bill Friday that would create an independent ethics commission in the state's executive branch of government. Read more »

March 1, 2013

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'Constitutional carry' gun bill passes House after change

The so-called "constitutional carry" gun bill that allows weapons to be concealed without a permit passed the House Friday after being changed so a round can no longer... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Seekers of medical help for underage drinkers wouldn't be prosecuted under bill

The Senate Business and Labor committee endorsed a bill that would prevent police from citing a person who seeks medical help for an alcohol-induced emergency... Read more »

March 1, 2013

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Lawmaker aims to stop cities, UTA from hiring Capitol Hill lobbyists

A state lawmaker wants to prohibit government entities, including the Utah Transit Authority, from contracting with lobbyists to represent them on Capitol Hill. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Lawmakers getting 'reality check' on budget

A legislative budget chairman offered what he called a "reality check" Thursday on finalizing the upcoming state budget, noting the actual revenues expected fall far... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Controversial prison relocation bill questioned in Senate

The Utah Senate is expected to vote Friday on a controversial bill to create a board that would study moving the state prison and developing the land where it now sits... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Gov. Gary Herbert says he doesn't like 'constitutional carry' bill

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's not happy with the so-called "constitutional carry" bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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House says no to tapping into alcohol revenue to fund schools

A plan to fund education with revenue from alcohol sales was cut short Thursday by representatives in the Utah House. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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House takes step toward cleaning up Utah's air

The Utah House took a step Thursday toward cleaning up Utah's air. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Lawmakers support idea of finding fault when determining alimony

State lawmakers edged closer Thursday to making Utah a state where fault is considered in setting alimony following a divorce. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers

Multiple rural county sheriffs from Utah testified Thursday about the abusive use of police power by Bureau of Land Management rangers or forest protection officers... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Bill offers new parent-time arrangements for divorced couples

Parents seeking a divorce in Utah may soon have another legal option when deciding how much time their children will spend with them. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Bill to stop lawmakers from earning salaries from PACs advances

A bill intended to stop lawmakers from taking a salary from a political action committee was approved unanimously Thursday by the Senate Government Operations and... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2013

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Dating violence protection bill advances to Senate

A bill to allow people 18 and older in dating relationships to obtain protective orders has advanced to the Utah Senate. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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Bill pushes ethics for adoption agencies

Adoption agencies or agency employees would be subject to "minimum ethical responsibilities" for the representations they make to parties involved in adoptions under a... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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