Utah Legislature

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.

Legislature approves creation of commission to study school safety tip line

The Utah Legislature passed a bill Thursday that creates a commission to begin the work of creating a school safety tip line. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Cockfighting still not a felony in Utah after Legislature fails to compromise

Cockfighting still won't be a felony in Utah after the House and Senate failed to come up with a compromise in the last hour of the legislative session. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislature passes bill banning city dog-breed ordinances

Cities and counties would no longer be able to ban specific dog breeds under a bill the Utah Legislature passed Thursday. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislation affecting vulnerable adults, children a mixed bag in 2014 legislative session

Employers who hire homeless people will get tax credits, but lawmakers cracked down on panhandling on state roads, reflecting the mixed bag of legislation passed this year affecting vulnerable Utahns. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers approve changes to school grades

Both chambers of the Utah Legislature voted Thursday in a favor of a bill that makes changes to the school grading system. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislature says 'go' on convention hotel, 'go slow' on future of unincorporated Salt Lake County

State lawmakers approved legislation that will spur the development of a convention center hotel adjacent to Salt Palace Convention Center and pause most annexations and incorporations in... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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House passes bill making child exposure to porn a custody factor

After a 67-0 vote in the House Thursday, the governor will consider a bill that would give judges another factor when determining child custody. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers pass bill adding criminal penalties for sexual contact with a student

A bill defining any school employee as a person in a "position of special trust" and subject to criminal action for sexual contact with a student was approved Thursday by the Legislature. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Police may soon be subject to drone surveillance restrictions

Amidst concerns of privacy, the House passed on to the governor a bill that would require police obtain a warrant to use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Bill to criminalize 'revenge porn' in Utah passes Legislature

Non-consensual pornography, also called "revenge porn," will soon be illegal in Utah if the governor decides to sign HB71. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Houweling's Tomatoes to build Juab County facility

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Houweling’s Tomatoes announced Thursday the company will build an environmentally friendly greenhouse tomato farm in Juab County that... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Power struggle at Utah Legislature over transmission line

A last-minute battle is brewing on Utah's Capitol Hill over a planned 725-mile transmission line that crosses Utah. Legislation is proposing that the state can force the line to make connections... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Senate approves $20M for STEM education

Members of the Senate voted Thursday to approve $20 million for the STEM Action Center, which coordinates science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the state. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Education Task Force extended for one more year

Lawmakers voted Thursday to extend the Education Task Force for another year. The task force is comprised of leadership from both the House and Senate and meets throughout the year to discuss... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Utah lawmakers pass bill allowing DNA sampling upon felony bookings

State lawmakers approved a law that would allow police in Utah to collect DNA samples from people booked into jail on any felony charge. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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House gives final passage to hemp bill, now on its way to governor

A bill allowing hemp oil extract in Utah for treatment of seizures related to epilepsy is now on its way to the governor's office for consideration. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers pass bill to cover cost of AP tests for low-income students

Members of the Utah House voted Thursday in favor of a bill that provides funding for low-income students to take Advanced Placement tests. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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House passes bill setting up prison relocation commission

The House passed a bill Wednesday creating a new commission to recommend where the Utah State Prison in Draper should be moved. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Bill requires health plans for children on autism spectrum

Children ages 2 to 9 who have autism spectrum disorders would be covered by health benefit plans beginning Jan. 1, 2016, under a bill approved Wednesday night by the House. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Senate approves bill to fund preschool with private dollars

The Utah Senate voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that creates a public-private partnership to provide high-quality preschool to low-income and at-risk children. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Family of slain Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride visits Capitol

Cory Wride's family and colleagues visited the Capitol on Wednesday as the Legislature honored the Utah County sheriff's sergeant killed in the line of duty earlier this year. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Convention hotel bill passes Utah Legislature

A bill that would provide performance-based sales tax rebates to the developer of a convention hotel in Salt Lake City passed both houses of the Utah Legislature on Wednesday. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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House passes bill in response to revealing audit of USTAR

In response to a revealing audit of USTAR last year, the House and Senate have passed a bill that would set certain requirements for the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative governing... Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund 'doing well' after being rushed to hospital

Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, was "stable and doing well" after leaving the Capitol on a stretcher Wednesday afternoon, according to statement from the lawmaker's family. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Utah lawmakers add $168 million to public education budget

Members of the Utah House gave final approval on Wednesday to budget amendments that add $168 million in additional funding to Utah's public schools. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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