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Utah Senate leader Ralph Okerlund home from hospital after heart problem

Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund left the hospital Tuesday after experiencing heart failure last week during the legislative session. Read more »

March 19, 2014

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Lawmakers say they made strides but need to look to the future

After what House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, called an "intense" 45-day legislative session, Utah lawmakers are already looking forward to what's next. Read more »

March 17, 2014

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Utah lawmakers stand pat on liquor laws

State lawmakers stood pat on liquor laws this year, though there was some talk of removing the so-called Zion Curtain in Utah restaurants. Read more »

March 15, 2014

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New legislation contributes to education goals, but major reforms remain out of reach

Education officials believe the actions by lawmakers will advance the state's goals of increased grade-level proficiency and college degree completion. But major reforms remain allusive as funds... Read more »

March 15, 2014

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New steps taken to break the cycle of poverty

In three years, Sen. Stuart Reid has guided an effort to address intergeneration poverty from the research stage to tapping state and federal funds for after-school instruction in math and reading... Read more »

March 15, 2014

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Can House speaker be a 'real fighter' in governor's race?

House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, started the 2014 Legislature swinging, but by the end of the session she'd dropped both her signature education technology initiative and Medicaid expansion... Read more »

March 15, 2014

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Parties have now finalized arguments in Amendment 3 case

Upholding a federal judge's decision to strike down Utah's marriage law would be a "judicial wrecking ball" hurtled at state sovereignty, lawyers for Utah told a federal appeals court late Friday. Read more »

March 15, 2014

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E-cigarette bill vaporized when time in legislative session ran out

After 10 substitutions and multiple debates throughout the legislative session, a bill looking to regulate electronic cigarettes was extinguished late Thursday night after a "mad dash" to push it... Read more »

March 14, 2014

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Lawmakers pass bill requiring complaints by parents be reviewed, posted by State Office of Education

A bill requiring a parent review committee to field complaints on curriculum was narrowly approved by lawmakers in the final minutes of the 2014 legislative session. Read more »

March 14, 2014

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House approves distracted driving bill

The House voted 41-28 late Thursday night to pass a bill restricting cellphone use while driving. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers take significant strides on air quality

Lawmakers took key steps on improving Utah's air quality by creating new programs, funding local research and providing tax-based incentives for clean cars. They directed more than $3 million in... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Gov. Herbert calls 2014 Legislature a success

Gov. Gary Herbert spent the last night of the 2014 Legislature Thursday celebrating his success in getting nearly all of his $13.3 billion passed —without a controversial and costly... Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Bill aims to clarify use of breathalyzers in Utah bars

State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that clarifies how breathalyzer machines should be used in bars. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Legislature meets top priorities of public, higher education

Lawmakers appropriated more than $240 million in additional funding to public and higher education during the 2014 legislative session. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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House, Senate agree on bill safeguarding voter registration records

The House and Senate reached agreement on a contentious bill late Thursday to safeguard Utahns' voter registration records. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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Lawmakers pass political transparency bills

Two bills the Utah Legislature passed Thursday aim to make political candidates and lobbyists more transparent. Read more »

March 13, 2014

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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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