Utah Legislature

Lawmakers to hear Medicaid expansion plan next week

Details of the much-anticipated new plan for Medicaid expansion from Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders will be rolled out Tuesday to lawmakers in closed-door meetings before being unveiled... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2015


Legislative trip highlights old bones, new monuments and parks

Utah lawmakers rounded out a rural lands tour by viewing the formations of the San Rafael Swell and learning of plans for a new national monument dedicated to the world's largest collection of... Read more »

Sept. 17, 2015


Survey: Utahns want targeted funding for education

Results from Envision Utah's survey show Utahns widely recognize education as an area that deserves additional investment, and most people are willing to pay more for a better educational program. Read more »

Sept. 11, 2015


Experts discuss health impacts of medical marijuana in Utah

Local and national experts gathered Wednesday to address a Utah committee on the potential health impacts of medicinal marijuana. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015


Utah lawmakers, police closer to statewide body camera rules

Utah police agencies don't oppose statewide policies on the use of body cameras as long as they balance the interests of their officers and the public. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015


Lawmakers resume debate on selection of State School Board

Lawmakers on Wednesday continued to discuss possibilities of changing how State School Board members are chosen after a stalemate of opinions stalled previous proposals in the 2015 Legislature. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015


GOP lawmakers say primary election plurality issue should be resolved by party

The leaders of a legislative interim committee studying what should be done if a primary winner doesn't receive a majority of votes under a new nominating system said Wednesday political parties... Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015


Utahns admit marijuana use to encourage lawmakers to budge on legalization

Three Utahns told lawmakers Wednesday that they are using marijuana, even though it is illegal in the state. Read more »

July 15, 2015


Economic impact of Draper prison move could be lower — or almost $1 billion higher — than estimated

A new look at the economic impact of moving the Utah State Prison from Draper found that developing the site could generate between $557 million and some $2.7 billion, depending on what's built there. Read more »

July 14, 2015


What's next for No Child Left Behind and what does it mean for Utah?

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday began deliberating over a bill to replace the embattled federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, and Utah educators hope it will lead to greater local control. Read more »

July 8, 2015


My view: Time to create more taxes? Rep. Chaffetz thinks so

Why is Rep. Jason Chaffetz pushing new legislation that would take more money from consumers, create new taxes for small businesses and propound new regulations to empower state tax collectors to... Read more »

July 8, 2015


Lawmakers, educators begin discussing changes to Utah's charter school funding system

The Charter School Funding Task Force met for the first time Wednesday to consider changes to the controversial way charters are funded in the state. Read more »

June 24, 2015


389 new Utah laws take effect Tuesday

Buckle up. Starting Tuesday, police can pull over drivers who aren't wearing seat belts. The primary seat belt law is among 389 new Utah laws that take effect Tuesday. Read more »

May 11, 2015


Air quality advocates call prohibition of wood-burning ban a 'slap in the face'

By signing a bill that prohibits an all-out ban on wood burning, clean air advocates say Gov. Gary Herbert has thrown the Utah Division of Air Quality "under the bus." Read more »

April 1, 2015


Utah educators skeptical of civics test requirement

Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday signed a bill into law that will require Utah students to pass a citizenship naturalization test before receiving a high school diploma. Read more »

March 31, 2015


What's next for State School Board elections?

The baton for changing how Utah selects its State School Board is back in the hands of a federal judge. Read more »

March 23, 2015

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Legislative session wraps up with $510 million in new money for schools

It's a year of increase for education, with about $510 million in new money going to public schools. Lawmakers also approved a $75 million tax increase and bills to further technology use, improve... Read more »

March 13, 2015


Lawmakers pass 'right to try' legislation, not medical cannabis, death with dignity bills

Utah lawmakers gave terminally ill Utahns the "right to try" investigational drugs but rejected a medical cannabis measure and called for more study on a "death with dignity" proposal. Read more »

March 13, 2015


Count My Vote compromise survives series of challenges

State lawmakers considered a handful of bills that would have delayed, undone or altered the 2014 Count My Vote initiative, but none of them lasted through the end of the 2015 Legislature. Read more »

March 13, 2015


Legislature shuts down bill to name golden retriever state animal

Despite the work of a fourth-grade elementary class, the Utah Legislature rejected a bill that would designate the golden retriever as the official state domestic animal. Read more »

March 12, 2015


Legislature approves expansion of death benefits to families of fallen officers

The Utah Legislature unanimously passed a bill Thursday night to expand death benefits to families of peace officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty. Read more »

March 12, 2015


Full Legislature must vote on new prison site

A bill requiring the full Legislature to vote on the site of a new state prison and create a new commission to oversee the move now awaits Gov. Gary Herbert’s consideration. Read more »

March 12, 2015


House donates $35,000 to Utah Honor Flight

The House of Representatives presented Utah Honor Flight with a $35,000 check Thursday night. Read more »

March 12, 2015


Bill slackens state public records restrictions

The Utah Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would encourage greater government transparency by relaxing some of the state’s records laws. Read more »

March 12, 2015


Gov. Gary Herbert signs 'remarkable' anti-bias, religious rights bill

A historic anti-discrimination and religious rights compromise and a monumental stalemate over Medicaid expansion will bring down the curtain late Thursday on the 2015 Utah Legislature. Read more »

March 12, 2015


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