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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.

Bill: Teens who murder can't get death or even life without parole

Juveniles who commit aggravated murder would not be subject to the death penalty under a bill endorsed by a Senate committee Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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Bill to create suicide prevention coordinators clears committee

A bill to combat Utah's high suicide rate by establishing statewide coordinators to oversee suicide prevention efforts was advanced Wednesday by the House Education... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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License plate reader bill advances in Senate committee

A bill requiring the deletion of data scanned on a license plate reader received a favorable recommendation Wednesday from a Senate committee. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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Bill requiring schools to train parents on sex education passes in Senate

A bill requiring public schools to train parents to teach human sexuality in the home passed unanimously Wednesday in the Senate. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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Bill barring sex offenders from school boards gets preliminary approval

A bill that would bar felons convicted of sex crimes against children from local and state school boards received preliminary approval Wednesday by a 22-2 vote in the... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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Committee endorses bill to delay Utah's guest worker bill until 2015

A bill that essentially gives the federal government time to "put on its big boy pants and do its job" with respect to immigration reform, is the wisest course, a Utah... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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Bill to incentivize year-round school, blended learning clears committee

More schools may consider implementing a year-round schedule or blended learning in classrooms if a bill advanced Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee becomes law. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013

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'Constitutional carry' bill on hold; 'safe harbor' gun bill passes House

The House put debate on hold Tuesday on a controversial bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit after defeating a proposed amendment to limit... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013

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Lawmaker wants Marriage Commission to tie the knot with state

A bill establishing a Utah Marriage Commission in state law was approved Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee despite concerns raised by one representative about... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013

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Senate passes bills to better prevent, fight wildfires

Two bills that passed the Senate on Tuesday would give the governor and state forester more power to fight and possibly prevent wildfires. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013

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Audit questions long-term viability of state pension fund

Retirement benefits for Utah's public employees could be in jeopardy without increased contributions from the state to make up for an overly optimistic rate of return... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013

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Photo gallery: Students look to drum up support for arts program

Students literally tried to drum up support for the arts on Tuesday at the state Capitol Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013

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Internet sales tax bill advances in Senate committee

A bill designed to force online retailers to collect sales tax for the products they sell was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013

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Utah's guest worker law would be pushed back 2 years under new Senate bill

With an eye on the potential for meaningful federal immigration reform, Utah's lawmakers would push back the effective dates of two immigration laws passed in 2011... Read more »

Feb. 25, 2013

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Curing Utah's 'silent epidemic'

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Utah's youth and each day, two children ages 10-17 are treated for suicide attempts, according to the Utah Department... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2013

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State revenue projections expected Monday but federal budget stalemate looms large for Utah lawmakers

Consensus state revenue estimates are expected to released Monday at the Utah 45-day legislative session. Senate Budget chairman Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, has said... Read more »

Feb. 24, 2013

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Utah lawmakers honor Vietnam vets, other troops

There was an emotional break in the usual legislative proceedings Friday when lawmakers honored local Vietnam veterans and held an annual ceremony to honor fallen Utah... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2013

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Bill requiring school seminars on bullying headed to governor

Utah school districts soon may be hosting annual parent seminars on substance abuse, bullying, mental health and Internet safety. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2013

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Lawmakers approve 80 mph speed on 3 more stretches of Utah highway

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Friday allowing the new speed limit on I-15 from Tremonton to the Idaho border; I-84 from the Tremonton interchange to the Idaho... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2013

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