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Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan fails in House committee

A House committee failed to pass out Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion.

Senate OKs bill for school crisis reporting app

The Senate gave its final approval to a bill that would facilitate a smartphone application to better connect students with resources to deal with violence, harassment and suicide. Read more »

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Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan fails in House committee

A House committee failed to pass out Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion Wednesday night, but the sponsor of the legislation said he still hopes to reach a compromise. Read more »

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Bill clarifying parental rights in education gets OK from Senate

A bill giving further clarity to parents' right to opt their children out of testing and excuse them from school was approved by the Utah Senate on Wednesday. Read more »

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3 State School Board bills advance, 2 fail as partisan debate continues

Three legislative packages advanced and two failed Tuesday and Wednesday as lawmakers continued the debate on how Utah's State School Board members should be vetted. Read more »

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Senate advances bill to improve juvenile drug and alcohol correctional system

A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require Utah courts to provide treatment and offer more options for minors who repeatedly violate drug or alcohol laws rather than simply... Read more »

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Bill proposing more math for high school students moves to House

Lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would introduce new math requirements to help high schoolers be ready for college and a career when they graduate. Read more »

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Pilot program would allow teachers to work year-round

Lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday to create a pilot program that would allow Utah teachers to teach year-round instead of being unemployed each summer. Read more »

19 hours ago

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Lawmakers find common ground on changes to cellphone bill

A Senate committee approved a legislative compromise Wednesday that would allow only single-touch or voice command cellphone use while driving. Read more »

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LDS Church, LGBT advocates back anti-discrimination, religious rights bill

Calling it a monumental and historic day, Utah lawmakers unveiled much-anticipated legislation Wednesday that aims to balance religious rights and protections against discrimination of LGBT people... Read more »

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Bill OK'd to provide resources for students with learning disabilities

The House Education Committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would appropriate $750,000 to create a three-year pilot program to provide training for teachers and resources to enhance interventions... Read more »

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Bill establishing water fund advances from committee

Amid some questions and criticism, a bill establishing a state water infrastructure fund — but no revenue stream — cleared the Senate Natural Resources committee. Proponents say the... Read more »

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House approves pay raises for governor, other elected executives

The House approved a bill Tuesday giving Utah's governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor and treasurer their first significant pay increase since 2001. Read more »

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Utah Senate narrowly endorses medical marijuana bill

Though it raised serious questions, the Utah Senate narrowly endorsed a bill Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Read more »

yesterday

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Wood-burning bill advances in legislative committee

A legislative committee endorsed a measure by Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, that would put into Utah law the days when people can use wood-burning stoves. The measure is in response to a proposal that... Read more »

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Bill would create task force to evaluate student testing

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would create a task force to examine the efficiency and accuracy Utah's current testing methods. Read more »

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S.L. County fears criminal justice reforms could become unfunded mandate without Medicaid fix

Salt Lake County officials worried aloud Tuesday that reforms to the state's criminal justice system under HB348 could become an unfunded mandate for behavioral health treatment if lawmakers do not also pass Healthy Utah. Read more »

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State lawmakers trying to hammer out deal raising Utah's gas tax

Drivers would pay 5 cents more per gallon in gas tax and counties would be able to ask voters to raise sales tax for transportation projects under a proposal state lawmakers are considering. Read more »

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Utah House passes bill to revamp criminal justice system

A bill that would transform Utah’s criminal justice system cleared the Utah House of Representatives on Tuesday. Read more »

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Anti-discrimination, religious rights bill now expected Wednesday

State lawmakers, LGBT advocates and faith leaders intend to stand together at the Capitol on Wednesday to unveil legislation attempting to balance religious rights and nondiscrimination. Read more »

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Pipeline critics fear legislative 'tax increase' for project

The Utah Rivers Council says a legislative measure unveiled this week puts in place a taxing mechanism to fund the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Development projects — two water... Read more »

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House defeats attempt to limit campaign contributions

An attempt by House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, to set for the first time limits on the size of a campaign contribution candidates can receive failed in the House on Tuesday. Read more »

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House will hear Healthy Utah alongside own plan for Medicaid expansion

House leaders Tuesday reversed a decision not to allow Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion to be heard in committee, the same day their counterproposal was introduced. Read more »

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Firing squad bill passes Senate panel, prompts proposal to reconsider death penalty

A bill to reinstate Utah’s firing squad as a backup execution method easily passed through a Senate committee Monday. Read more »

March 2, 2015

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Committee endorses bill on air quality rules

A Senate committee approved a measure that would allow Utah to pass rules that are "different" from the federal government when it comes to air quality. The measure had Republican support and now... Read more »

March 2, 2015

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Bill would place limits on splitting school districts

Lawmakers approved a bill Monday that would implement financial safeguards for when school districts split, keeping revenues in line with costs. Read more »

March 2, 2015

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