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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 banning enforcement of federal gun laws 'stuck in limbo'

A controversial bill intended to bar federal gun laws from being enforced in Utah was held by the House Judiciary Committee Friday after a second day of hearings. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2013

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Audit says fewer Utah children being placed into foster care

Fewer Utah children are entering the state foster care system, which state auditors and child welfare officials say is a positive trend. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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Nonprofits pitch lawmakers for funds for community detox, homeless overflow shelter upgrades

On Thursday, Bray asked the Utah Legislature's Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee to consider a state appropriation of $70,000 to help fund the improvements. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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Bill proposing liability protection for police officers stalls

A controversial bill purporting to protect Utah police officers from liability during high-speed chases has been pulled by the sponsor and likely won't resurface this... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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Makeup of board to oversee prison relocation a topic of controversy

The makeup of a board that would oversee relocation of the Utah State Prison and redevelopment of the land where it now sits has become a sticking point for state... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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John Swallow's outside consulting would be banned under proposed law

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, introduced legislation Thursday that would ban the type of outside consulting work Utah Attorney General John Swallow did while... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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Intergenerational poverty commission bill passes Utah Legislature

Utah will create a state commission to develop policy recommendations to end intergenerational poverty and dependence on public assistance programs. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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Bullied boy's parents say student safety bill could have saved son's life

A bill sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, would require schools to notify parents if a student expresses a suicidal threat or is involved in an incident of... Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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Guns and gun laws on display at Capitol

Guns and gun laws were on open display at the Capitol on Wednesday as state lawmakers gave committee approval to several bills spurred by federal attempts to tighten... Read more »

Feb. 20, 2013

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Bill giving cities more authority to ban fireworks nears approval

A bill that would take away the ability of counties, cities and towns to ban fireworks received preliminary approval Wednesday in the Senate. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2013

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Sen. Orrin Hatch warns sequestration could hit Utah hard, says it may be needed

Sen. Orrin Hatch told Utah lawmakers Wednesday that he believes the automatic cuts to the federal budget known as sequestration won't be stopped by Congress. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2013

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Utah prison relocation: Boondoggle or economic boon?

Moving the state prison and developing the land where it now sits could yield a $20 billion return and bring as many as 40,000 jobs to Utah, lawmakers were told Tuesday. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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Bill aims to eliminate costly difference between oral, IV chemotherapy for Utah patients

The Utah Legislature is considering a bill that aims to provide parity for oral chemotherapy drugs. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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House committee supports tighter restrictions on tattoos, piercings for minors

HB117 would require minors to have a parent or legal guardian present, as well as written and signed parental permission, to get a tattoo or piercing. Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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Internet safety bill advanced by House committee

HB206 would revise state law to include content filters on handheld and portable electronic devices with Internet capability, would revise state law to include content... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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Bill to expand funding for Carson Smith scholarships gets committee approval

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously to advance SB103, which would create a formula to increase the funds appropriated to the scholarship program each year... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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Bill introduced to create new state marriage commission

HB 147 would establish a 17-member commission in the state Department of Health to promote efforts "to uphold and encourage a strong and healthy culture of strong and... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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Sen. Mike Lee expects automatic federal spending cuts next week

Sen. Mike Lee said Tuesday he expects automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts to take effect next week. Liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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Bill to notify parents of suicide threats, bullying quickly advanced by Senate committee

Schools would be required to notify parents if a student expresses a suicide threat or is involved in an incident of bullying or harassment if a bill advanced Tuesday... Read more »

Feb. 19, 2013

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