Utah Legislature

Bill reintroduced to give Utah Division of Air Quality more 'flexibility'

A bill was reintroduced Wednesday that would give the Utah Division of Air Quality more flexibility.

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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Hatch, Lee call on federal government to repay cost of opening Utah parks during shutdown

Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are asking the federal government to reimburse Utah for paying to reopen national parks during last year's partial government shutdown. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Gov. Herbert: I'm an 'action figure' on Medicaid expansion issue

Gov. Gary Herbert made it clear Tuesday he's not waiting around for lawmakers to make a decision about Medicaid expansion, announcing he's sending staff to Washington, D.C., next week to start... Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill allowing hemp oil use for seizure treatment passes Senate

Utahns with epilepsy are on the home stretch for being allowed to use non-intoxicating hemp oil extract from marijuana plants to treat seizures. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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House passes bill giving greater autonomy to home-school families

The Utah House on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill that excludes home-schooled children from statewide education requirements. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill requiring revenue equity for school district splits fails in Senate

The Utah Senate voted down a bill Tuesday that would require city leaders to demonstrate revenue equity before initiating a school district split. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Utah Legislature in the final stretch

With just two days remaining for the 2014 Utah Legislature, lawmakers, lobbyists and other members of the public were hard at work conducting the state's business at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill requires better communication with sexual assault victims about cases

Victims of sexual assault may soon receive improved communication from law enforcement about their cases. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Cedar City doctor sues state senator over stock sale

A Cedar City doctor says in a lawsuit that a state senator bought his stock in a medical devices company last fall knowing it would be worth much more when the business sold a few months later. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Senators share personal stories of abuse during debate of bill

Members of the Utah Senate voted on Tuesday to advance a bill that would provide public school students with instruction on child sexual abuse prevention. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill looking to set campaign contribution limits fails in House after close vote

Candidates running for state office will still be allowed to take campaign contributions of any size, after legislation to set limits was killed in the House Monday night with a 35-38 vote. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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