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Additional math requirements for high schoolers get House approval

A move to better prepare high schoolers for college-level math passed the House on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill to legalize firing squad executions passes Legislature

Bullets could replace needles for executions in Utah under a bill passed by the state Legislature. HB11 would legalize firing squad executions in the state if drugs needed for lethal injections... Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Alta High School student spearheads new civic engagement group

A student group founded at Alta High School met at the Capitol Tuesday to learn how to make their voices heard at the Legislature. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Student crisis line bill goes to House floor

Legislators, who unanimously approved SB175 on Tuesday, hope to permanently implement a student crisis line that began as a pilot program last year. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Governor 'not satisfied' with proposed increase to school funding

Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday said he's not satisfied with the increase to education funding legislators have settled on in a budget proposal. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Utah House panel endorses anti-bias, religious rights bill

A House panel endorsed a bill Tuesday that combines religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns from discrimination. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Photos: Time running out on 2015 Utah Legislature

With the 2015 Utah Legislature set to end at midnight Thursday, Tuesday was expected to be the final day bills can be considered by a committee. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill would make parent opt-in requirement for sex education

Utah schools require parents to opt their children into sex education classes before they can participate. But lawmakers want the rule to become state law. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Nonpartisan State School Board bill moves to Senate

A bill that would establish a nonpartisan process for the election of State School Board members was sent to the Senate after a unanimous recommendation by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Southern Utah STEM initiative gets OK from legislative committee

An initiative to support ongoing efforts to involve more southern Utah students in science, technology, engineering and math got unanimous support from the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Utah House panel delays action on anti-bias, religious rights bill

Utah House members raised lots of questions during a hearing Monday on potentially monumental legislation looking to balance nondiscrimination and religious freedom. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Advocates urge lawmakers to improve system, not just new prison

Human advocate groups assembled Monday to urge lawmakers to remember the state’s most vulnerable citizens and what needs to be done to improve Utah's correctional system rather than continue... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Got gun? Senate passes bill saying you don't need a permit

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Bill banning powdered alcohol clears full House

The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would outlaw powdered alcohol mixes. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House passes bill to regulate e-cigarettes onto Senate

The Utah House passed a bill Friday that would tighten regulations on e-cigarette products, including measures to ensure the contents of the cigarettes’ liquids do not stray from what is printed on their labels. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Lawmakers scuffle over bills to tighten police body camera, surveillance rules

A House committee pulled back on the progress of two bills Monday that would place new requirements on law enforcement regarding body cameras and surveillance technology. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House narrowly passes fix to Count My Vote compromise

The House narrowly passed a bill Monday that would allow political parties to pick a primary winner in cases where no candidate gets more than 40 percent of the vote. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House plays keep-away from Senate with Healthy Utah alternative

The wrangling over Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative for Medicaid expansion continued Monday, with House leaders apparently trying to avoid a Senate hearing on their scaled-down version... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Utah Senate narrowly defeats medical marijuana bill

Utah's dance with medical marijuana ended Monday, at least for now. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Educators rally expressing dissatisfaction with proposed funding for schools

In the three days that remain of the legislative session, educators hope lawmakers will boost classroom dollars through a 6.25 percent increase to the weighted pupil unit, or WPU, an... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House approves bill naming portion of I-15 after late speaker, Becky Lockhart

A bill naming a portion of I-15 for the late House speaker, Becky Lockhart, was approved unanimously Monday by the House. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House passes bill to outlaw tattoos for minors under 14

The full House passed a bill Monday that would prohibit the tattooing of minors younger than age 14, with or without parent permission. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Off the table for now in Utah, wood smoke regulations fuel fights elsewhere in U.S.

Several states are fighting back over new EPA regulations aimed at wood stoves. In Utah, the smoke has not even begun to clear over a proposed ban on seasonal residential wood burning. An... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Higher ed performance funding bill gets unanimous Senate approval

Utah lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Monday that would link new money for higher education to each institution's performance in metrics focused on student success. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House, Senate pass competing bills to raise Utah gas tax

State lawmakers passed competing proposals to raise Utah's gas tax Monday. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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