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Death penalty bill advances to House floor

After more than an hour of public comment and deliberation Tuesday, a committee voted 6-5 to send a proposal to repeal the death penalty to the full House. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Lawmakers put finishing touches on education budget

The Utah Legislature passed a budget Tuesday that would give Utah schools about $432 million in new money, adding to last year's education budget of almost $6 billion. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Lawmakers advance gun safety proposal for Utah students

Utah parents may have the option of opting their children into a gun safety course next year through their child's school. That's the intent of SB43, which passed the Senate last month and was... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Gov. Herbert cautions there may not be a presidential debate in Salt Lake (+video)

Gov. Gary Herbert, who said Tuesday he and other Republican governors aren't afraid of Donald Trump becoming their party's nominee, cautioned there may not be a presidential debate in Salt Lake City. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Senator unveils stripped down bill regulating noncompete contracts

A drastically dialed back version of a controversial bill to regulate noncompete employment agreements in Utah emerged on the Senate floor Tuesday. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Bill to remove SAGE from evaluations would give more power to Utah teachers

Some teachers could have more say in how they are evaluated if a proposal to take SAGE out of the evaluation process passes the Utah Legislature this week. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Substitute bill could make school truancy a class C misdemeanor for parents

Lawmakers changed their plans Tuesday for a bill that would have eliminated the class B misdemeanor penalty for parents of truant students. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Lawmakers turn down funding for after-school programs, early kindergarten

Lawmakers on Tuesday passed a measure to set standards for after-school programs but voted down a proposal to let some children enroll in kindergarten earlier than normal. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Governor, lawmakers might leave Utah election law decision to judge

Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday he's content to let a federal judge decide how to deal with the signature collecting requirements in Utah's controversial election law. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Sen. Stuart Adams' Rocky Mountain Power bill survives committee hearing

The Sustainable Transportation Energy Plan survived legislative scrutiny in a committee hearing Tuesday and withstood several attempts by lawmakers to make last-minute changes or study it more. It... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Utah Planned Parenthood challenges Herbert's defunding order

The Utah branch of Planned Parenthood asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to stop the governor from cutting off funding to the organization, arguing the move was unconstitutional political... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Medical marijuana bills pass and fail; protests in the rotunda and Senate gallery

In the last week of Utah's 2016 Legislative session, lawmakers continue to plug along, advancing many bills through committee. Here's a look at the issues on the Hill as the session wraps up. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Chaffetz wants to take guns away from 'Rambo' BLM, Forest Service agents

"These agents are more Rambo and less Andy Griffith than I would like,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah said. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Senate supports House GOP Medicaid expansion bill

A bill backed by House GOP leadership extending Medicaid to Utahns who are homeless, in the criminal justice system, or have substance abuse or mental health issues was approved Tuesday by the Utah... Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill fails in what he calls a 'kill committee'

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted not to send a hotly contested medical marijuana bill to the full House for consideration, choosing instead a competing bill that is more limited... Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Senate passes bill allowing state to collect child support from gay parents

A controversial bill to allow the state to collect child support from divorced same-sex parents no longer removes the words mother and father from Utah's paternity law. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Polygamists protest plan to make polygamy a felony again

About 150 polygamy advocates and their children gathered in Utah's Capitol on Monday evening to protest a lawmaker's proposal that would make polygamy a felony crime again. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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State spending $150,000 to promote switch from presidential primary to caucus

The state is rushing to get nearly 1 million postcards in the mail this week to remind Utah voters that political parties are holding presidential preference caucuses this year instead of a primary... Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Native Americans protest at Capitol over observance of Columbus Day

Several Native Americans disrupted the state Senate on Monday to protest Utah's continued observance of Columbus Day. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Lawmaker proposes to teach gun sellers to recognize suicidal customers

HB477, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, would create a program to teach firearm dealers how to identify suicidal customers. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Public preschool expansion gets early OK from House

A proposal to expand public preschool offerings for Utah's youngest students is on its way to the House after getting unanimous support from a committee of lawmakers Monday. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Senate passes bill clarifying drive-thru alcohol sales

The Senate passed a bill Monday clarifying the sale of alcohol through drive-up windows. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Judge's order could prompt changes to controversial Utah election law

State lawmakers might lower signature gathering thresholds in Utah's controversial new election law after a federal judge signaled he might strike them down because they're too high. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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From testing to new buildings, big education decisions coming this week

School funding equity, student testing, early childhood education and a new method for electing state education leaders are just a few of the items on lawmakers' lengthy to-do list before the... Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Bill regulating police body cameras moves forward

State lawmakers appear to have settled on legislation regulating police use of body-worn cameras. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Lawmakers move forward on low polluting water heaters

A committee of Utah lawmakers endorsed a measure requiring state pollution regulators to move forward on requiring the installation of low nitrogen oxide burning natural gas water heaters. Such a... Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Utah Senate passes bill to require fetal anesthesia before elective abortions

The Utah Senate passed an amended bill Monday that would require Utah doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion based on the belief that the unborn child can feel pain. Read more »

March 7, 2016

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Utahns rally in support of Arizona rancher killed in Oregon standoff

A passionate group of people converged on the Utah State Capitol Saturday to trumpet their support for an Arizona land rights advocate who died during a protest demonstration at a federal wildlife... Read more »

March 5, 2016

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Controversy fires up over Utah push for coal terminal

The controversy over a possible $53 million investment by Utah in a California export terminal is heating up with a legislative proposal to divert money from a transportation account. Gov. Gary... Read more »

March 5, 2016

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Utah Senate moves ahead with bill to require anesthesia for a fetus before some abortions

Utah doctors would have to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion based on the belief that the unborn child can feel pain under controversial legislation the state Senate debated Friday. Read more »

March 5, 2016

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Clean energy advocates say bill would stymie rooftop solar

The latest version of a legislative proposal by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, stoked a flurry of opposition Friday by clean energy advocates and the solar industry. They say Adams'... Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Gov. Herbert expects House Medicaid expansion plan to pass; Democrats urge support of full expansion

The second-to-last week of the 2016 Utah Legislative session is wrapped up. Here's what to know going into the last week. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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House passes Medicaid plan for 'poorest of the poor'

A bill extending Medicaid health care coverage to some 16,000 Utahns who are chronically homeless, involved in the criminal justice system, or have substance abuse or mental health issues, was... Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Bill calling for adequate shelter for pets passes committee

A bill that would define "adequate shelter" for dogs and cats passed a Senate committee unanimously Friday. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Bill to protect gunmakers from 'frivolous' lawsuits moves forward

A bill that would offer protections from "frivolous" lawsuits to gunmakers and gun shops passed a Senate committee Friday. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Lawmakers put a halt to speeding ticket bill

Utah lawmakers hit the brakes Friday on a bill that Mantua officials say targets the Box Elder County town and the money it collects through traffic tickets. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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House panel approves resolution declaring porn a public health hazard

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, has drawn national attention for his resolution about "the pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation." Read more »

March 4, 2016

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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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