Utah Legislature

Utah Senate committee passes bill to beef up liquor law enforcement

A bill that would divert fines from alcohol violations for increased enforcement cleared a Senate committee.

Study: Utah's decaying local roads require more funding

City and county officials convened Wednesday to discuss the findings of a new study that shows a drastic need for more local road funding across Utah. Read more »

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House committee holds bill setting limits on campaign contributions

A House committee voted Tuesday to hold a bill that would place limits on how much could be contributed to political candidates. Read more »



Bill seeks to improve civic engagement among students

The Senate Education Committee recommended a bill for Senate approval Tuesday that would require students to pass a citizenship test before they can earn a high school diploma. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2015


Business community supports tax increases for schools, roads

A group of Utah business leaders Tuesday said it's time for lawmakers to invest in both education and transportation, even if that means increasing taxes. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2015


LDS statement could move Utah nondiscrimination, religious freedom debate forward

Now that the courts have spoken on same-sex marriage in Utah, lawmakers are poised to tackle controversial proposals on religious freedom and nondiscrimination. Statements from the LDS Church could... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2015


Utah lawmakers to weigh alcohol laws, public health issues

State lawmakers will hear the weird and the wonderful of Utah liquor laws from various interests groups, drinkers, teetotalers and each other this year like they do almost every legislative session. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


Utah Supreme Court justice calls for criminal justice reform in State of Judiciary address

During his State of the Judiciary speech Monday, Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant requested that legislators address three distinct issues of criminal justice reform, including the... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


New House Speaker Greg Hughes urges legislators to engage in 'big, hard fights'

New House Speaker Greg Hughes urged lawmakers on the opening day of the Utah Legislature to engage in the "big, hard fights" needed to take on tough issues, including boosting gas tax revenues this... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


Lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion, health care options for Utah's uninsured

The Utah Legislature will take on Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan as it determines how to provide health insurance to the state's more than 100,000 uninsured. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


Air pollution looms as pressing issue for families and lawmakers

A number of measures addressing air quality will be introduced in the 2015 Legislature, and Gov. Gary Herbert has requested significant new funding to replace older, polluting school buses. The... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


Utah residents rank air pollution as No. 1 threat to quality of life

A new survey by Envision Utah shows a significant majority of Utah residents rank poor air quality as the No. 1 threat to quality of life, threatening family, the economy and even the vibrancy of... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


LDS apostle Elder David A. Bednar offers prayer over Utah Senate

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On the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature, an LDS apostle offered a blessing over lawmakers for the session. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015

Higher education leaders seek $337 million in state funding

Utah higher education leaders have asked state lawmakers to provide more than $337 million to provide better compensation for instructors and better services for students. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015


New prison site not expected to be named during 2015 session

The controversy over where to relocate the Utah State Prison isn't likely to be settled during the 2015 Legislature. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2015


Lawmakers looking to pump up gas tax this session

Pumping up Utah's 24.5-cent per gallon gas tax for the first time in nearly two decades is on the agenda for the 2015 Legislature, but just what direction lawmakers take with the increase remains... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2015


Are you willing to pay more for your child's education?

Public education leaders are closely watching a lengthy list of bills slotted for the legislative session beginning Monday, hopeful they will lead to increased funding for growing enrollment,... Read more »

Jan. 24, 2015


Helping students 'climb the mountain' of higher education

Fewer than half of Utah's college freshmen graduate within six years of consecutive enrollment, many of them falling from the ranks before their sophomore year. Educators are getting closer to... Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015


Legislative priorities: What matters to Utah families

Among the many, many issues facing the 2015 Utah Legislature, the Deseret News has selected six that especially matter to Utah families. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015


Becky Lockhart remembered in Capitol memorial service

Becky Lockhart, the first woman to serve as Utah House speaker, was honored Thursday as a role model, a wife and mother, and a caring colleague who loved lawmaking. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015

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Nominees announced for 3rd District Court vacancy

The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015


Police shooting investigations vary, lawmakers told

The use of force by police officers and how those cases are investigated went under the microscope during a long hearing on Utah's Capitol Hill Tuesday. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015


Passage of primary seat belt law is 'personal' this year, lawmaker says

A lawmaker and a Utah family are hoping this is the year the Legislature will pass a law making not wearing a seat belt a primary driving offense. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015


Mayor Becker invites residents to schedule one-on-one meetings

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has invited residents to schedule one-on-one meetings to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015


Orrin Hatch and Mia Love ready for new roles

Dressed in sleek running gear with her hair tucked under a cap, Rep.-elect Mia Love stopped briefly by her new congressional office Monday to check in with her staff. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2015


State GOP promises to fight SB54 on many fronts

From a federal court fight to legislation that could revoke SB54, the fight over compromise legislation intended to change how political parties in Utah select nominees will be fought on many... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2015


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