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Utah educators call for funding and legislation to strengthen local control

Educators are calling for increased funding, but they're also asking lawmakers to strengthens local control

Educators call for funding, legislation to strengthen local control

Educators are calling for increased funding for public education, but they're also asking lawmakers to back legislation that strengthens their ability to make local decisions. Read more »

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Some GOP House members disagree with blocking Healthy Utah

Not all House Republicans agree with their leader's decision to block the governor's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

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Bill to ban gas chambers at animal shelters delayed until next year

A bill to ban gas chambers for animal euthanasia in Utah will be delayed until next year’s legislative session. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

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Senate endorses bill for money to promote local Utah arts, culture

A Senate committee got a small taste of culture Friday during a hearing on proposal to give more money to Utah arts organizations. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

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Committee OKs education funding bill for qualifying families

Families experiencing intergenerational poverty could access funds for "qualified educational expenses" under SB262, which was approved Friday by the Senate Economic Development and Workforce... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

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Bill to allow voting 'selfies' passes Utah Senate committee

Utahns may soon be within their lawful rights to snap “selfies” with their voting ballots. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

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Photos: Mormons Building Bridges urges passage of nondiscrimination bill

Mormons Building Bridges, a group that promotes kindness and outreach between the LDS and LGBT communities, held a rally at the state Capitol to urge passing of SB100, a statewide nondiscrimination... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Senate endorses bill to raise gas tax 10 cents per gallon

A proposal to increase Utah's gas tax 10 cents per gallon received preliminary approval in the Senate on Thursday as lawmakers continue to talk about the best way to raise money for crumbling roads. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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State School Board not canceling SAGE testing

The State School Board will not cancel SAGE tests this year despite demands from lawmakers to repeal the computer-adaptive assessment because of the burden placed on teachers and its controversial... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Early graduation incentive bill fails in House

House lawmakers rejected a bill Thursday that sought to increase scholarship funds for early high school graduates. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Lawmakers narrow selection of school board election bills

Three bills were held in committee and three others were allowed to move to the House floor following a lengthy debate about State School Board elections among lawmakers, educators and members of... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Medical marijuana gets initial political nod from Utah lawmakers

A legislative committee in Utah voted in support of a bill that would legalize cannabis in the state for the treatment of various diseases and illnesses. The bill heads to the Senate for further... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Senate kills proposed amendment to undo Count My Vote deal

The Senate voted down Thursday a proposed state constitutional amendment giving political parties the right to decide how candidates appear on the general election ballot. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Gov. Herbert increases pressure on House to hear Healthy Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert stepped up the pressure Thursday on House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, to allow a hearing on his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion but didn't get the answer he wanted. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Committee OKs resolution supporting victims of sex abuse

A Senate committee approved a resolution Thursday that aims to change how law enforcement, advocates and family members interact with victims of sexual violence. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Bill to clarify prostitution laws advances through Senate committee

A Senate panel approved a bill Thursday that would clarify that a person is guilty of prostitution when not only engaging in a sexual activity with another for money, but also for trade of goods. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2015

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Lawmakers consider academic turnaround programs for low-performing schools

Utah schools that get failing grades on the state's school grading system may be required to get outside help and participate in academic turnaround initiatives. Read more »

Feb. 25, 2015

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Statewide school technology bill passes first legislative hurdle

SB222, which would appropriate $75 million to implement one-to-one student technology programs in schools statewide, was approved by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 25, 2015

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Utah Senate rejects delay to Count My Vote compromise

The Senate rejected a bill as expected Tuesday that would have delayed changes to Utah's system for choosing candidates for elected office. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

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Bill clarifies law allowing parents to opt children out of school testing

Amid growing controversy surrounding high-stakes summative testing, Utah lawmakers are hoping to clarify a law that allows parents to opt their children out of some school tests. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

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Resolution designating 'Religious Freedom Day' passes House

A resolution designating Jan. 16 as "Religious Freedom Day" in Utah was approved 72-0 Tuesday by the House. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

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Bill eases restrictions on police drone use for search-and-rescue, training

Police could use drones for search-and-rescue operations and training without a search warrant under certain conditions, according to a revised bill that cleared a House committee Tuesday. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

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Bill setting campaign contribution limits passes committee

House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, won committee approval Tuesday for a bill setting campaign contribution limits in Utah for the first time. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2015

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House panel approves bill to require citizenship test for high school degree

A House committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would require public school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2015

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Clean air measure dies in Utah Senate

The annual legislative effort by Democrats to get the state to overturn its own law on making stricter air quality rules died on the Utah Senate floor Monday afternoon. Senate Democrats issued a... Read more »

Feb. 23, 2015

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