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Group asks lawmakers to ban animal gas chambers with bill

About 30 Utahns lobbied lawmakers Thursday in support of HB187, which prohibits gas chamber euthanasia.

Controversial Rocky Mountain Power bill gets committee approval

A panel of lawmakers said Thursday that Sen. Stuart Adams' SB115 — affecting oversight of Rocky Mountain Power and dealing with multiple renewable energy issues — needs more discussion... Read more »

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$100M classroom tech bill gets preliminary OK, but full funding not likely

A statewide classroom technology proposal that lawmakers say "represents years worth of work" earned preliminary approval in the Utah Legislature Thursday. Read more »

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Bill beefing up hate crime statute passes Senate committee

A bill that would define the parameters for a hate crime and increase the penalties for it passed a Senate committee Thursday before a packed committee room. Read more »

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Proposed Utah law aims to swat cybercrime

A state legislator wants Utah to take on a wave of emerging cybercrime with tougher laws for making false police reports or harassing people using electronic devices. Read more »

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Group asks lawmakers to ban animal gas chambers

About 30 Utahns lobbied lawmakers Thursday in support of two bills — HB187, which would prohibit animal gas chamber euthanasia, and a forthcoming bill that would define appropriate shelter... Read more »

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2 corrections officials resign in wake of crimes by halfway house walkaways

Gov. Gary Herbert announced that an independent review is underway in response to crimes committed by parolees who walked away from a halfway house, pledging that any "derelict" employees will be... Read more »

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Capitol karaoke party: Senator's son who has Down syndrome celebrates with legislators

Matt Hillyard, son of Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, comes to the hill with his father frequently and has a birthday later in the session. To celebrate, legislators, interns and others participated... Read more »

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Cheerleaders for Medicaid expansion ask Utah lawmakers to consider implications

It was a different cast of characters testifying about the need for Medicaid expansion in Utah on Thursday. Read more »

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Bill to alter state's guardianship laws moves to House on 6-5 vote

A bill that backers say relieves loving families of unnecessary expenses of hiring attorneys for their disabled children in guardianship proceedings is before the Utah House of Representatives.... Read more »

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After-school programs a 'comprehensive' way to help kids, lawmakers say

A Utah senator is hoping to improve academic achievement for some of Utah's most at-risk students by increasing funding for after-school programs. Read more »

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Lawmaker proposes new statue for Capitol

Rep. Mark Wheatley, D-Murray, has proposed a new statue for the state Capitol honoring Father Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante. Read more »

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House panel shuts down bill to exclude UTA from future tax hikes

A House committee Wednesday rejected a bill that would have given cities the ability to exclude transit districts — such as the Utah Transit Authority — from receiving revenue from... Read more »

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House committee backs bill shifting power on key legislative committees

A bill that would give majority Republicans control of a pair of key legislative committees made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats since 1975 won committee approval Wednesday. Read more »

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All-male legislative committee blocks bill to eliminate tax on feminine hygiene products

A bill that would eliminate Utah’s sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products was struck down by a House committee Wednesday. Read more »

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Animal lovers gather in support of proposed gas chamber ban

Animal lovers packed a House committee meeting Wednesday to express their support of a bill that would prohibit animal euthanasia by gas chamber. Read more »

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Foundation's failure would set back foster care two decades, Leavitt cautions lawmakers

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt cautioned this week that failure of the Utah Foster Care Foundation would set back foster care two decades. The foundation could shutter on June 30 unless it receives... Read more »

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House defeats bill changing referendum deadlines

A bill that would have allowed Utahns to wait to circulate a referendum petition until after the governor takes action on legislation failed by a close vote Wednesday in the House. Read more »

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Change in alcohol permit law will save Utah embarrassment, state senator says

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that one lawmaker says would save the state embarrassment when it comes to issuing an alcohol permit for Snowbird's annual Oktoberfest. Read more »

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Senate panel passes bill to remove FBI check for driver privilege cards

A bill eliminating FBI background checks from driver privilege card applications passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Read more »

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State senator shelves 'constitutional carry' gun bill

A controversial bill allowing people to carry concealed guns without a permit in Utah won't get off the firing line this year. Read more »

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Utah 'ready, willing and able' to host Olympics, lawmaker says

A state lawmaker wants the world to know Utah is "ready, willing and able" to host the Winter Olympics again. Read more »

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With more parents choosing not to vaccinate, Utah on brink of losing 'herd immunity'

With more and more parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, Utah's schools are at risk of losing "herd immunity" — the protection a community enjoys when roughly 90 percent of its... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Lawmakers already looking at development of Utah State Prison site

Even though the Utah State Prison won't be relocated until after a new facility expected to be completed by mid-2020 is ready, legislation was introduced Tuesday related to developing the current... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Legislature celebrates Utah's arts community

Performers from Repertory Dance Theatre dance during Arts Day on the Hill at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Law enforcement, advocates raise united cry to expand life-saving domestic violence initiative

In the wake of compelling success stories and growing demand from communities across the state, advocacy groups and law enforcement are making a united request for legislative funds to expand a... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Utah lawmaker proposes studying electronic drivers' licenses

A state lawmaker is running a bill that would ask Utah's Driver License Division to study the possibility of electronic drivers’ licenses. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Proposed Utah law would treat child prostitutes as victims, not criminals

A bill that cleared a Utah House committee Tuesday would make sure children who are exploited for sex would be treated as victims and not criminals. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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More downtown housing for Salt Lake City, this time for those in need

A $1 million state appropriation to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund will help fund a mixed-income housing development that includes affordable housing, housing for people with disabilities and... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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2 Utah police camera bills differ on what to make public

Civil liberties advocates say one of two proposals to regulate police body cameras in Utah this year would give law enforcement too much leeway and would exempt videos of fatal shootings from open... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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LDS Church's opposition does not necessarily doom medical marijuana bill, sponsor says

The sponsor of a bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana says The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' opposition to the legislation does not necessarily doom its passage. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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2011 flooding poses lingering concerns for Weber County

Lawmakers heard a funding request for $4 million to help mitigate flood damage from 2011 in western Weber County and prevent a similar scenario in which farms and businesses were awash in water... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: 2 medical marijuana bills advance, LDS Church opposed to one

Lawmakers look for ways to make transportation tax hike look appealing and are warned that tax revenues might fall short, while the LDS church oppose a medical marijuana bill, and a resolution... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Advocacy group says bill would reduce access to mental illness medication

Health care providers, law enforcement officials and legislators debated a bill that would allow Medicaid to cover certain psychiatric drugs and not others. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Survivor of Trolley Square massacre urges lawmakers to reform Medicaid

Carolyn Tuft, a survivor of the 2007 siege at Trolley Square, called on lawmakers to pass Medicaid reform. Tuft said she has no prescription coverage and can't afford drugs to counteract the... Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Lobbyist group considers suing state over 'inadequate' school funding

Leaders of the Alliance for a Better Utah announced Monday they intend to file a lawsuit against the state to force the Utah Legislature to increase funding for public schools. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Committee approves bill allowing tastings at liquor distilleries

A bill that would allow liquor distilleries in the state to offer tastings to customers was approved Monday by the House Business and Labor Committee. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Lawmaker proposes donating unused medications to needy

A bill proposed by Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, proposes saving unused prescription drugs and donating them to the needy. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2016

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Utah holding presidential caucus, not primary election

Utahns are going to get their turn next month to vote in the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination race, but not in a traditional primary election. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2016

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Majority Republicans hold open, closed caucuses in Legislature's opening weeks

Two weeks into the 2016 Utah Legislature, majority House Republicans have not held a closed caucus. But the majority GOP Senate has held four closed-door caucuses per business as usual. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2016

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State lawmakers to consider repealing controversial guest worker program

State lawmakers five years ago passed a package of controversial immigration reform bills touted as the Utah Solution. But now they will consider abandoning the guest worker program it created. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2016

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Lawmaker wants year-end tests thrown out of teacher evaluations

Two bills would remove student performance on SAGE as an indicator in teacher evaluations and give schools the option of not administering the year-end exam to high school juniors. Read more »

Feb. 6, 2016

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LDS Church opposed to state senator's medical marijuana bill

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Friday night that it has "expressed opposition" to a state legislative bill that would legalize access to the entirety of the marijuana... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Bill would cut state involvement in direct food sales from producers

Ms. America joined Rep. Marc Roberts, R-Santaquin, at a news conference Friday to express her support of the proposed Food Freedom Act. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Senate panel approves resolution calling porn a public health crisis

Utahns castigated the adult entertainment industry in a legislative hearing Friday on a proposed resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Concerns raised about sustainable energy bill

A coalition that includes the state's top consumer watchdog agency is staunchly opposing legislation it says would result in higher electricity bills for Utah ratepayers. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Utah House bill would make it crime to fly drones near wildfires

Aerial drones delayed suppression efforts in at least two Utah wildfires last year, and a proposal in the Legislature would make it a crime to fly them within 3 miles of a fire. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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'Young lungs matter': Students march to Capitol to battle pollution 'monster'

Approximately 1,000 students gathered in the Capitol rotunda for a clean air rally Thursday. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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2 medical marijuana bills advance in Utah

Two very different bills that would make medical marijuana available to small percentages of Utahns lept over the first hurdles at the Utah Legislature on Thursday. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Proposed porn crisis resolution getting national, international attention

A Utah state senator's push to declare pornography a public health crisis has drawn national and international attention and an attaboy from Gov. Gary Herbert. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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State revenues may fall short of projections, lawmakers warned

Tax revenues may be falling short of projections, leaving less money to spend this session, members of the House GOP caucus were warned Thursday. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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