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Utah Legislature 2014

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

During the 2014 legislative session, many issues will vie for attention. However, the Deseret News has chosen five areas of legislative coverage we feel are of particular importance and concern. These areas are air quality, liquor laws, education, intergenerational poverty and economic development.

These issues are often interrelated and essential to continued prosperity. We present these issues to you with a promise that our legislative coverage will center on the things that matter most to you.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen foresees continued low borrowing rates

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is improving but noted that the job market remains "far from satisfactory" and inflation still... Read more »

May 7, 2014

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Lawmakers say they made strides but need to look to the future

After what House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, called an "intense" 45-day legislative session, Utah lawmakers are already looking forward to what's next. Read more »

March 17, 2014

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Utah lawmakers stand pat on liquor laws

State lawmakers stood pat on liquor laws this year, though there was some talk of removing the so-called Zion Curtain in Utah restaurants. Read more »

March 15, 2014

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New legislation contributes to education goals, but major reforms remain out of reach

Education officials believe the actions by lawmakers will advance the state's goals of increased grade-level proficiency and college degree completion. But major... Read more »

March 15, 2014

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New steps taken to break the cycle of poverty

In three years, Sen. Stuart Reid has guided an effort to address intergeneration poverty from the research stage to tapping state and federal funds for after-school... Read more »

March 15, 2014

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E-cigarette bill vaporized when time in legislative session ran out

After 10 substitutions and multiple debates throughout the legislative session, a bill looking to regulate electronic cigarettes was extinguished late Thursday night... Read more »

March 14, 2014

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Lawmakers take significant strides on air quality

Lawmakers took key steps on improving Utah's air quality by creating new programs, funding local research and providing tax-based incentives for clean cars. They... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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House approves distracted driving bill

The House voted 41-28 late Thursday night to pass a bill restricting cellphone use while driving. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Gov. Herbert calls 2014 Legislature a success

Gov. Gary Herbert spent the last night of the 2014 Legislature Thursday celebrating his success in getting nearly all of his $13.3 billion passed —without a... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Bill aims to clarify use of breathalyzers in Utah bars

State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that clarifies how breathalyzer machines should be used in bars. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislature meets top priorities of public, higher education

Lawmakers appropriated more than $240 million in additional funding to public and higher education during the 2014 legislative session. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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House, Senate agree on bill safeguarding voter registration records

The House and Senate reached agreement on a contentious bill late Thursday to safeguard Utahns' voter registration records. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers pass political transparency bills

Two bills the Utah Legislature passed Thursday aim to make political candidates and lobbyists more transparent. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislature approves creation of commission to study school safety tip line

The Utah Legislature passed a bill Thursday that creates a commission to begin the work of creating a school safety tip line. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislature passes bill banning city dog-breed ordinances

Cities and counties would no longer be able to ban specific dog breeds under a bill the Utah Legislature passed Thursday. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislation affecting vulnerable adults, children a mixed bag in 2014 legislative session

Employers who hire homeless people will get tax credits, but lawmakers cracked down on panhandling on state roads, reflecting the mixed bag of legislation passed this... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers approve changes to school grades

Both chambers of the Utah Legislature voted Thursday in a favor of a bill that makes changes to the school grading system. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Bill requires health plans for children on autism spectrum

Children ages 2 to 9 who have autism spectrum disorders would be covered by health benefit plans beginning Jan. 1, 2016, under a bill approved Wednesday night by the... Read more »

March 12, 2014

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House passes bill setting up prison relocation commission

The House passed a bill Wednesday creating a new commission to recommend where the Utah State Prison in Draper should be moved. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Power struggle at Utah Legislature over transmission line

A last-minute battle is brewing on Utah's Capitol Hill over a planned 725-mile transmission line that crosses Utah. Legislation is proposing that the state can force... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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