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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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No deal this session on Healthy Utah

There was no deal on Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion in the 2015 Legislature, but the governor promised Thursday he and legislative leaders will come up with a... Read more »

March 12, 2015

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Bill removing statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases passes Legislature

The Utah Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the statute of limitations for lawsuits against perpetrators of child sexual abuse. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Senate swaps nonpartisan State School Board bill with partisan substitute

Legislation that came to the Senate on Wednesday as a bill to make State School Board elections nonpartisan left as one effectively identical to its competitor, a bill calling for partisan elections. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Bills to improve school safety await governor's signature

The Legislature passed two bills Wednesday that seek to improve safety for students in the classroom. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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House approves $75M property tax increase to equalize school funding

The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would generate $75 million in revenue by increasing Utah's basic property tax rate to equalize funding for schools. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Lawmakers advance bills to clarify parental rights in education

Lawmakers advanced two bills Wednesday that lawmakers say will strengthen parental rights in the education of their children. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Legislature clarifies prostitution laws

The Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would clarify that a person is guilty of prostitution when not only engaging in sexual activity with another for money, but also for trade of goods. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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