Utah Legislature

State could save millions on human services programs with tighter controls

A review says the state could save with controls over forensic patient stays and reducing juvenile recidivism rates.

State hospital considering jail-based programs to meet growing need for forensic services

A legislative audit says some forensic patients at the Utah State Hospital have stays that exceed limits in state law, resulting in waiting lists. State officials say patient cases are complex and... Read more »

18 hours ago


Legislators propose education savings account program

State lawmakers are revisiting the possibility of creating a pilot program intended to allow parents more flexibility in funding a customized education for their children. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014

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Group calls on UTA to improve transit

While Utah’s transit system is growing and improving, service could still be enhanced for those who need it most. That was the message conveyed to state lawmakers Wednesday by members of the... Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014


Religious freedom, nondiscrimination bills to resurface at Utah Legislature

GOP legislative leaders put the brakes on bills related to marriage and nondiscrimination earlier this year, but with Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, some lawmakers intend to bring back that... Read more »

Oct. 7, 2014


Calls for civility accompany same-sex marriage action

Utahns' reaction to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear the state's appeal of a lower-court ruling allowing same-sex marriage included concern, celebration and calls for civility. Read more »

Oct. 6, 2014


Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex marriage cases after first meeting

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted 11 new cases Thursday but took no action on same-sex marriage cases. Read more »

Oct. 2, 2014


Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democratic challenger Charles Stormont debate live stream

PROVO — Attorney General Sean Reyes and challenger Charles Stormont are scheduled to debate Wednesday at KBYU studios. The hourlong debate is live at 6 p.m. The Utah Debate Commission is... Read more »

Oct. 1, 2014


Group wants all to pay 'true' price for water, property taxes phased out

A Utah Rivers Council report released Tuesday shows significant water savings if eight selected cities phased out property taxes going to water districts. Residents would pay more, but water would... Read more »

Sept. 30, 2014


Utah County GOP sets schedule to replace Sen. John Valentine

The Utah County Republican Party has set out a schedule to replace Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem. Read more »

Sept. 30, 2014


U.S. House passes bill reauthorizing emergency services for kids program

A bill to reauthorize a program for emergency medical treatment for children has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim... Read more »

Sept. 18, 2014


Senate confirms Sen. John Valentine to head Utah Tax Commission

Though his Senate colleagues said it was hard to let him go, they unanimously confirmed Sen. John Valentine to head the Utah Tax Commission on Wednesday. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2014

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Lawmakers, business leaders back bill requiring civics test

Two Utah lawmakers announced Wednesday they will sponsor a Utah Civics Education Initiative bill that would require high school students to pass a U.S. civics test in order to graduate. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2014


Petition supporting traditional marriage delivered to Gov. Herbert

Backers of a petition supporting traditional marriage delivered a list of more than 18,600 signatures to Gov. Gary Herbert's office Friday, saying Utahns don't need to be ashamed of taking that stand. Read more »

Sept. 5, 2014


Attorney general candidates Sean Reyes, Charles Stormont scrutinize campaign donations

Utah attorney general candidates Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont are closely scrutinizing campaign donations because of the alleged actions of the state's two past officeholders. Read more »

Sept. 3, 2014


Former Gov. Huntsman: Same-sex marriage is 'inevitable'

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Wednesday it's "inevitable" that same-sex marriages will be recognized nationwide, but he stopped short of criticizing state officials for fighting the issue... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2014


Becky Lockhart serious about superintendent spot but not ruling out run for governor

Even though outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart is serious about her bid to become the state superintendent of public schools, the Provo Republican doesn't appear to be ruling out a run for... Read more »

Aug. 30, 2014


Transit, health care discussions dominate poverty summit

Dual challenges of affordable health care and the accessibility and pricing of public transit were major topics of discussion Saturday at an annual poverty summit in Salt Lake dissecting the... Read more »

Aug. 23, 2014

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Utah argues for more time to file appeal in gay marriage recognition case

The state backed its request for more time to appeal a lower court ruling in the same-sex marriage recognition case Wednesday with a new brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more »

Aug. 20, 2014


Couples oppose state request for more time to appeal gay marriage recognition ruling

Attorneys for three couples in Utah's same-sex marriage recognition case oppose the state's request for more time to file its appeal in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2014


State asks for more time to file appeal in gay marriage recognition case

Utah asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for more time Monday to file its appeal in a same-sex marriage recognition case. They are asking that the deadline be extended from Sept. 22 to Oct. 22. Read more »

Aug. 18, 2014


Democrats want a chance to compete for Valentine seat

State Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon wants Democrats to be able to compete to replace Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, who was recently named to head the Utah State Tax Commission. Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014


New grant money helps combat air pollution

A new round of funding bolstered by money from the Utah Legislature is helping businesses, schools and individuals do what they can to curtail emissions and help clear the Wasatch Front of harmful... Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014


Sen. Mike Lee announces town hall meetings

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has announced five town hall meetings to be held in August throughout the state. Read more »

Aug. 13, 2014


Looking ahead: What will legislator Valentine's departure mean for alcohol laws?

With 26-year state senator John Valentine leaving the Legislature next month, lawmakers face charting a different course for alcohol policy or staying the course that Valentine help set. Read more »

Aug. 10, 2014


Governor appoints new head of State Board of Pardons and Parole

Gov. Gary Hebert has appointed Angela F. Micklos as chairwoman of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. Read more »

Aug. 7, 2014


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