Utah Legislature

Single-event permits still an issue for liquor commission

State liquor commissioners continued to grapple with what the requirements should be.

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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House passes bill allowing State School Board to sanction districts for accepting federal funds

The Utah House voted Monday in favor of a bill that allows the State School Board to restrict the state funding of a local school district that receives unapproved grants from the federal government. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Count My Vote halts initiative drive after governor signs deal

After Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill Monday spelling out a deal between lawmakers and backers of Count My Vote, the group announced an end to the initiative petition drive to change the state's... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Lawmaker will attempt to revive bill on interstate compact among state father registries

A state senator will attempt to revive a bill intended to launch an interstate compact to share putative father registries. The bill was killed by a House committee Friday after readily passing the Senate earlier in the legislative... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Student winners recognized at Capitol for idle-free project

Posters, videos and bumper stickers were chosen as winners of the Students Who Care About Air Clean Air Anti-Idling competition. The masterminds behind the 19 winning projects were honored at the... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Utah employers who hire homeless may qualify for tax credit

The Utah House narrowly passed a bill Monday that would establish tax credits for employers who hire homeless people. HB140, sponsored by Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, passed on a 38-36 vote. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Bill seeks to clarify law for carrying firearms in public

A person openly carrying a gun without criminal intent would not be grounds for a disorderly conduct charge under a bill the Utah House passed Monday. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Clean energy shines at Utah Legislature

Wind and solar power, as well as electric cars, were featured Monday as part of the first Clean Energy Business Day at the state Capitol. An exhibit featured Utah projects, as well as leading solar... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House passes bill blocking schools from asking about gun ownership

The Utah House passed a bill Monday to ban schools from asking students if their parents or guardians are gun owners. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Senate passes bill to further restrict cellphone use behind the wheel

Utah drivers would be further restricted on how they use cellphones under a bill the state Senate passed Monday. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House gives go-ahead to prepare Utah for first U.S. presidential primary in 2016

A bill giving the state the go-ahead to prepare to hold the nation's first presidential primary in 2016 was approved Monday by the House. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House won't consider Senate's partial Medicaid expansion plan

The Utah Senate passed a partial Medicaid expansion plan Monday that also gives Gov. Gary Herbert the ability to seek a federal block grant to pay for the proposal he rolled out last month. But GOP... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Senate passes bill creating student safety tip line

The Utah Senate on Monday voted unanimously in favor of a bill to establish a commission to study the creation of a statewide school safety tip line. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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No money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology plan in budget

There is no money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology initiative in the budget deal worked out over the weekend with Senate leaders that moved forward Monday in the Legislature. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Bill creates contingency plan for keeping national parks open

A Senate committee unanimously recommended a contingency plan for managing federal facilities, should something like the partial government shutdown in 2013 happen again. Read more »

March 9, 2014

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Dog lovers walk to support anti-bias measure

About 60 dogs — mostly pit bulls or mixes — and their owners walked around the grounds of the capitol on Sunday to raise awareness about House Bill 97, which would prohibit a... Read more »

March 9, 2014

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Senate committee snuffs out e-cigarettes bill, leaving sponsor 'perplexed'

A bill to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes in Utah was shelved by a Senate committee Friday, leaving the state lawmaker behind the effort "perplexed." Read more »

March 7, 2014

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House, Senate still struggling over budget

Plans to finalize the state budget once again were scrapped Friday as the Legislature's GOP majority continued to struggle to settle on how much to give House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education... Read more »

March 7, 2014

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School board election reform stalls as three bills fall to opposition

In a split 3-3 vote, members of the Senate Education Committee failed to advance a bill that would create direct, nonpartisan elections for members of the State School Board. Read more »

March 7, 2014

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Senate panel endorses campaign finance reform bills

Candidates for public office would have to disclose more campaign finance information and in a more timely manner under two bills Utah lawmakers are considering. Read more »

March 7, 2014

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Utah Supreme Court hears hotly contested water war on oil sands development

An hourslong hearing was held before the Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to determine the judicial validity of a state decision to an oil sands mine in eastern Utah. Critics of that decision... Read more »

March 4, 2014

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