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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.

Bill to divert sales tax revenue to water development advances

A legislative committee approved a bill diverting a portion of sales tax revenue from a transportation fund to the Water Infrastructure Restricted Account to help finance water development projects... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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It's year 5 in the fight to end intergenerational poverty

After years of collecting data and research on intergenerational poverty in Utah, state officials are asking communities to take a focused approach to disrupt generations of families living in... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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State senator proposes to create gun safety program for Utah schools

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said parents have the responsibility to talk to their children about guns. But because that doesn't always happen, he's proposing an optional school program to... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Bill would give GOP majority control of two key legislative committees

The balance between Republicans and Democrats on two key legislative committees would shift toward the GOP majority under a new bill introduced Wednesday in the House. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Lawmakers consider using postal workers to help in disasters

Utah lawmakers are looking at the possibility of using letter carriers to help identify at-risk residents and damaged buildings in a disaster. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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A bill to help pregnant and breastfeeding women

State lawmakers last year made it illegal for employers discriminate against pregnant and breastfeeding women. This year, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is looking to build on that law by... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Lawmakers present agendas, while House daily media availability ends

After a moment a silence in both the House and Senate for fallen Unified police officer Doug Barney, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, laid out... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Utah Democrats want to weigh in on court battle over state election law

Utah Democrats have stayed out of the fray in the Republicans' battle with the state over how political parties choose candidates for elected office. But Tuesday, the party filed a court motion to... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Death benefits proposed for Utah National Guard members

A state lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would provide death benefits to families of Utah National Guard members who die while on state active duty. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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The plan: $36 million for charter schools, among other things

Funding requests this year include $100 million for a statewide one-to-one student technology program, $30 million for professional learning for teachers and $17.5 million for optional extended-day... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Workforce development, education funding top business community's legislative priorities

Making sure the state has an adequately educated workforce, low taxes, effective regulation and a well-maintained infrastructure rank among the most important issues lawmakers will face in the 2016... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Group slams measure to pay for water projects

A group critical of the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline is criticizing a measure by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, that proposes to transfer $35.8 million from the transportation fund... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Photos: University students showcase their research at Capitol

For several hours Tuesday, dozens of undergraduate students from the University of Utah and Utah State University showcased their research to Utah lawmakers at the state Capitol. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Closed caucuses, health care and gun issues — points of interest for 2016 Utah Legislature

In the next 45 days, Utah legislators will take a look at bills ranging from public lands to gun issues and everything in between. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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House speaker ends daily media availability

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, has ended the longstanding practice of holding daily availability with the news media, saying he prefers to meet with reporters individually. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Justice reform could increase crime without treatment funding, Utah chief justice says

Utah's Justice Reinvestment Initiative won't work and could lead to more crime without money to provide mental health and drug abuse treatment for offenders, the chief justice of the Utah Supreme... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Public lands lawsuit already a focus of 2016 Legislature

State lawmakers appear poised to spend as much as $14 million to sue the federal government over control of public lands as the Utah Legislature opened its 2016 general session Monday. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Job 1 for legislators: Educate Utah's children

Preschool, kindergarten, teacher coaching and other proposals impacting students and their families are set for debate in the 2016 legislative session starting Monday. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Utah lawmakers to grapple with gun issues

With a contentious debate over gun rights sweeping the nation, Utah lawmakers have several firearms-related bills in the chamber, including the return of the so-called "constitutional carry" law. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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Utah lawmakers get creative with Medicaid expansion

Despite years of discussing the issue, Medicaid expansion and various plans to implement it in Utah are again on the docket for this legislative session. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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No insurance, but still clinging to hope

Wheels are turning at the Legislature to find a health care solution that a majority of lawmakers can agree on. But Utahns hanging in the balance, waiting on potentially life-changing information,... Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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Behind closed doors: Public decisions made in private

Twice, Gov. Gary Herbert has advanced plans to use the millions of dollars in Medicaid expansion funds available to the state to provide health care for low-income Utahns. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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Salt Lake City leaders seeking Legislature's help in addressing air quality, homelessness

Utah's capital city, a blue dot in a sea of red, isn't taking a very conservative approach to the 2016 Legislature. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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UTA adds extra bus service to state Capitol during legislative session

In an effort to alleviate parking congestion and reduce air pollution, the Utah Transit Authority is adding extra bus service to the state Capitol for the new legislative session beginning Monday. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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$27M request for homeless shelters, services presents a 'once-in-a-generation opportunity'

A $27 million request to Utah lawmakers to fund shelters and services for people experiencing homelessness presents a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to change the system. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Huntsman calls on presidential candidates to 'step up,' heal political divisiveness

Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor, U.S. ambassador to China and presidential candidate, returned to the state Wednesday to speak about the nation's future in the global economy and how it... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Democratic lawmakers favor taking from higher ed to give to public schools

Education again tops Utah Democratic lawmakers' list of priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including a new idea to get more money into public schools. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Bishop public lands proposal unveiled, already sparking criticism

Amid much fanfare and early criticism, Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are set to unveil the Public Lands Initiative discussion draft on Wednesday. One group that obtained an early... Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Utah lawmaker earns $135K salary for public lands push

A Utah-based nonprofit waging a full-time campaign for Western states to take control of millions of acres of federal public lands spent almost half of its revenue on salaries for its co-founder, a... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Should Utah welcome the endangered Mexican wolf?

Local activists voiced their dismay Thursday to actions by the governor's office and the Utah Wildlife Board that opposed allowing the endangered Mexican wolf to enter Utah as part of a proposed... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Medical marijuana gets another shot

Proponents of medical marijuana legalization are renewing their efforts with an eye toward the start of the 2016 Utah Legislature. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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2016 Legislature may try to force feds to take action on Internet sales tax

An attempt to force the collection of sales taxes on online purchases could be a way for the 2016 Legislature to bolster the sagging revenue source. Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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New prison won't be done until July 2020

The new Utah State Prison won't be completed until July 2020, according to a timeline provided to the Legislature's Prison Development Commission on Wednesday. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Legislative 'glitch' delays distribution of $24M in tax revenue for schools

A $75 million property tax increase has helped schools hire more teachers and make needed upgrades, but a legislative "glitch" has prevented schools from receiving about $24 million of the new... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Utah officials unveil new state seal in Capitol floor

State officials unveiled a giant Utah seal laid in the tile floor of the Capitol on Monday to commemorate the building's 100th anniversary. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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The view from Washington: From budgets to Benghazi, Utah's lawmakers packed a punch

From budgets and Benghazi to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Utah’s congressional delegation packed a punch Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Is Trump GOP's choice? Utah delegation says no

Donald Trump continues to lead in national polls among the many GOP contenders for president, but members of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation seem to believe voters will make a better... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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'Model' legislation on religious and LGBT rights, prison relocation and the top Utah stories of 2015

For Utahns, 2015 was a year marked by defining legal decisions, big political headlines, poignant victory and heart-wrenching loss. Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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UEA: New regulations deny due process to disciplined teachers

The Utah Education Association says a new set of regulations violates teachers' rights to due process in disciplinary hearings. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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Utah media outlets urge GOP lawmakers to open caucus meetings

Lawyers for the Utah Media Coalition objected Tuesday to House and Senate Republicans, who hold a supermajority in the Utah Legislature, convening closed caucus meetings to discuss and even vote. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Rep. Mia Love speaks at D.C. event commemorating abolition of slavery

During a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery at the Capitol that included a speech by President Barack Obama, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, spoke of slavery in the... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Utah has $560M in new money for upcoming budget, but sales tax revenue down

State lawmakers will have more than a half billion dollars in new money to spend next year, according to revenue estimates released Monday. Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015

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House speaker reveals more details on newest Medicaid expansion plan

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, outlined more details of the newest Medicaid expansion plan being sought by GOP lawmakers. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Anatomy of a trip: The Utah-Switzerland connection

A controversial trip state lawmakers, UTA board members and lobbyists made to Switzerland might be the culmination of a Swiss official's desire to meet some of his countrymen during a visit to Utah. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Former Gov. Leavitt warns action needed soon on taxes

Former Gov. Mike Leavitt told lawmakers Thursday they need to face a number of long-term issues including an eroding sales tax base and offered some advice on combining statesmanship with political... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Utah lawmaker: Follow-up religious liberty legislation 'likely' next year

Rep. LaVar Christensen wants Utah lawmakers to have "open hearts and open minds" as the Legislature considers possible follow-up legislation to anti-discrimination and religious rights bills passed... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Judge: State can't force political parties to hold open primaries

A federal judge Tuesday struck down a provision in Utah's new election law that requires political parties to open primary elections to all voters. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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Legislators, judges honored for advocacy of juvenile justice

Four legislators and two judges received recognition from the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice for their work on behalf of the juvenile justice system. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Judge poised to strike down part of new Utah election law

A federal judge appears poised to strike down part of a disputed new state election law that defines how political parties choose candidates for elected office. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Feds spending 'serious dollars' on Obamacare in Utah, House GOP hears

Even without Medicaid expansion, Utahns are paying less in taxes related to President Barack Obama's health care law than they're getting back, the House Republican caucus heard Wednesday. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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