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U.K. doctors embrace e-cigarettes as U.S. officials shy away

A report from the Royal College of Physicians summarized 10 years of data on e-cigarettes.

Employee noncompete bill stirs hornet's nest in Utah business community

An attempt to legislate the use of noncompete employment contracts in Utah has stirred up a hornet's nest in the state's business community. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Committee OKs bill naming building for late House Speaker Becky Lockhart

A bill naming the House building on Capitol Hill for the late Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart was approved unanimously Friday by a Senate committee. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Committee OKs bill creating commission to plan prison site development

A bill creating a new commission to come up with a plan for developing the Point of the Mountain area once the Utah State Prison is relocated was approved Friday by a Senate committee. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Lawmakers advance new changes to school grading system

Lawmakers agreed on new changes to Utah's school grading system that they hope will produce more manageable goals for improvement in student achievement. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Senate committee kills human trafficking bill

On the heels of a vote by the Utah Senate to repeal the state's death penalty law, a Senate committee killed a bill Thursday that would have allowed the state to execute someone convicted of human... Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Bill to tax e-cigarettes put on hold until summer

A crowd of students packed a committee room, an overflow room and other parts of the Capitol on Thursday to show support for a controversial bill to tax electronic cigarettes. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Bill prohibiting flying drones near wildfires passes Senate

The Utah Senate passed Thursday the latest version of HB126, which restricts flying drones 3 miles from a wildfire without approval of an incident commander. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Utah Democrats urge support of full Medicaid expansion

Utah Democrats are calling on the public to step up support for full Medicaid expansion. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Bill would raise funding floor for lowest-income school districts

Utah lawmakers gave their initial endorsement for a bill Thursday that would raise the funding floor for Utah's lowest-funded school districts. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Supporters hope for new Hole in the Rock state park

Rep. Keven Stratton, R-Orem, is running a bill to designate the Hole in the Rock area as a state park and boost the visitor experience to the historical site where The Church of Jesus Christ of... Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Bill would require training for some public assistance recipients

People who receive certain forms of public assistance would be required to undergo at least two hours of self-reliance training under a bill endorsed Thursday by a legislative committee. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Bill proposes to ban drive-thru liquor sales, increase restaurant licenses

A bill prohibiting alcohol sales at drive-up windows and that makes more restaurant liquor licenses available sailed through the Senate Business and Labor Committee on Thursday. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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S.L. County recorder's health questions prompt election law discussions

In wake of concerns about Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's health, a Utah lawmaker is considering legislation to address situations when elected officials may fall ill and become incapable of... Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Bill to study suicides, gun death passes committee

A bill that would allow for the collection of data related to suicide and gun death passed the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee unanimously Wednesday. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Lawmakers consider extending date for immigration reform package

State lawmakers are considering a bill to extend the effective date of a controversial immigration reform package passed in 2011. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Legislature passes resolution calling for repeal of 17th Amendment

A resolution calling for a repeal of the 17th Amendment narrowly passed the House Wednesday with a vote of 39-34. It passed the Senate last week. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Legislature passes resolution asking feds to reclassify marijuana

Utah lawmakers are sending a clear message to the federal government — they want marijuana reclassified to a less regulated class in order to allow for additional medical research. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Asbestos victims testify against bill they say would deny them compensation

Seventy-year-old William Dale Peterson told a Utah House committee that he is dying. So did 71-year-old Thomas Florence. And Larry Boynton testified that his wife of 46 years, Barbara, died Saturday. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Senate votes to end death penalty in Utah

What started out as a dinner conversation with a friend about why Utah has the death penalty turned into a state lawmaker pushing a bill through the Senate to end the practice. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Utah Senate votes down proposed hate crimes law

Two gay men who were beat up because of their sexual orientation watched alongside Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, as the Utah Senate voted down his proposed new hate crimes law Wednesday. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Business leaders oppose non-compete bill

A bill proposed in the Utah Legislature is drawing sharp criticism from prominent local business leaders who claim that it could have a dramatic impact economic growth in the state and wreak havoc... Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Indigenous Peoples Day bill fails in Utah Senate

A bill that would have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day was voted down Tuesday by the Utah Senate. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Senate rejects repeal of Salt Lake City's ability to raise taxes for prison costs

The state Senate rejected a bill Tuesday that would take away Salt Lake City's ability to raise sales taxes to help offset costs associated with the relocation of the state prison. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah senators give early support for school tech grant program

A classroom technology grant program is one step closer to making it across the finish line at the Utah Legislature. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah Senate panel rejects bill banning discrimination against public breastfeeding

A fear of lactating women baring their breasts in a public protest helped doom a Tuesday bill that would have banned discrimination of breastfeeding in public. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Resolution calling for a constitutional convention passes House

After nearly an hour of debate Tuesday, the House approved a resolution that would express support of a constitutional convention. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Gov. Herbert expects House Medicaid expansion plan to pass, says he'll sign bill (+video)

Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday he'll sign a House bill he expects to pass this session that would extend Medicaid coverage to only the most vulnerable among the Utahns currently without federal... Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Smoking age change bill fails legislature, while controversial medical marijuana bill advances

The Utah Legislative session has kicked in to overdrive as lawmakers work to resolve a budget by March 10th. Here's a glimpse into the second-to-last week. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Beekeeping bill creates buzz among supporters, opponents

Proponents of a legislative measure to establish 2-mile buffer zones among commercial beekeepers say such a regulation is essential to protecting Utah's beekeeping industry. Some detractors say it... Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah Senate casts preliminary vote to repeal death penalty

Utah took a step toward abolishing the death penalty Tuesday. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Attempt to end Utah vehicle safety inspection program fails

An attempt to end Utah's vehicle safety inspection program met with much opposition Tuesday from station owners who offer the service. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Daylight saving time bill killed in committee

A bill that would exempt Utah from daylight saving time — having to advance the clocks one hour in the spring — died in a legislative committee Tuesday on a 4-8 vote. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Advocates, police derail bill they say discounts Utah crime victims

Victims' rights advocates derailed legislation Tuesday that they say would undermine hard-fought laws designed to make sure crime victims have a voice in the judicial system. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Committee OKs bill naming 2 official Utah hashtags

A resolution designating two official state hashtags was passed unanimously by the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Nonpartisan primary election proposal for State School Board moves to Senate floor

A Utah lawmaker is proposing a nonpartisan alternative to the election process for members of the Utah State Board of Education if the Legislature can't agree on another solution. Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Bill to require anesthesia for abortions clears hurdle

A bill that would require women to receive anesthesia for abortions after 20 weeks of gestation cleared a Senate committee today. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Committee approves bill extending Medicaid to Utahns in the 'greatest need'

A bill backed by Republican House leaders extending Medicaid coverage to Utahns in the "greatest need" because of homelessness, run-ins with the law, substance abuse or mental health issues won... Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Charter school funding equity plan gets approval from House committee

A measure to improve funding equity between district schools and charter schools got unanimous approval from a committee of lawmakers Monday. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Bill allowing law enforcement to take down drones passes committee

A bill that would allow law enforcement to bring down drones if they're interfering in an emergency situation went before the House Public Utilities and Technology Committee on Monday. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Debate over SAGE testing continues in Utah Legislature

The Utah Legislature is considering several bills that would change policy around the state's year-end exam for schools, known as SAGE. But the test is a source of perennial debate among lawmakers. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Jazz owner: Utahns have 'urgent moral responsibility' to address homelessness

As a downtown resident and businesses owner, Gail Miller called on state lawmakers to support HB436, the Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative, intended to help fund construction of shelters and... Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Juneteenth bill passes House unanimously

A bill that would establish Juneteenth Freedom Day observance in Utah passed the House unanimously Monday. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Legislative committee snuffs out bill to raise legal age to use tobacco

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted down a bill Monday that would have raised the legal age to use tobacco from 19 to 21. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Secret shoppers could frequent Utah's state-run liquor stores

Secret shoppers could be frequenting Utah's state-owned liquor stores under proposed legislation that cleared a House committee Monday. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Lawmakers pass bill requiring workplace accommodations for breast-feeding women

The Utah Legislature has passed a bill that requires businesses to make accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding workers. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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A look at what's behind audit of University of Utah athletics

The decision of Utah Utes basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak to cancel the team's contracted game with the BYU Cougars next season prompted not only a legislative audit, but questions about... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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Romney calls for Trump's taxes, clashes with Trump on Twitter (+videos)

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn't endorsed a 2016 candidate yet, but has taken the stage to cast doubt on candidate Donald Trump as Super Tuesday comes closer. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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Utah Senate gives initial approval to hate crimes bill

A proposed new Utah hate crimes law still faces a steep climb despite winning initial approval Friday in the state Senate. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Investigation underway for threats allegedly made to students over support for e-cigarette tax

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, and local leaders held a news conference in the Capitol rotunda Friday to discuss threats allegedly made to local high school students lobbying for an e-cigarette tax. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Legislature honors Utah's fallen soldiers

Utah lawmakers took a moment to honor the state's fallen soldiers Friday in both the House and Senate. Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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