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ACLU sues the state over inadequate legal defense for poor Utahns

The ACLU of Utah and law firm Holland and Hart have filed a class action lawsuit against the state.

Mitt Romney to vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Utah presidential caucus

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, posted on Facebook that he would encourage others to vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz "so that we can have an open convention and nominate a Republican." Read more »

March 18, 2016

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Incumbents may face signature-gathering opponents

Utah incumbents may have to share space on primary election ballots this year with candidates who intend to gather signatures rather than go through the state's caucus and convention system. Read more »

March 18, 2016

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Utah voters driven most by economy, national security, poll shows

What's driving Utah voters? The most important issues are the economy, national security and health. Read more »

March 18, 2016

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USU business students get new space for learning

Utah State University leaders announced Wednesday the opening of the Jon M. Huntsman Hall, which adds 21 classrooms and 21 study rooms to the university's existing business facility. Read more »

March 16, 2016

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Group asks Attorney General to investigate Ivory

An organization filed a complaint with the Utah Attorney General's Office asking to determine whether Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, "misused" state resources of obstructed a previous investigation... Read more »

March 16, 2016

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Judge now tilting toward state in election law battle with Utah GOP

A federal judge appears to have changed his thinking that the signature gathering requirements in Utah's controversial election law might be unconstitutional. Read more »

March 15, 2016

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'In God We Trust,' four specialty license plates likely to become options

If signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert, "In God We Trust" license plates would become a standard option at the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, and motorists would also have four new specialty... Read more »

March 15, 2016

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Dell 'Super Dell' Schanze files again to run for Utah governor

For a third time, former TV and radio pitchman Dell Schanze filed to run for governor of Utah Monday, according to candidate information recorded by the Utah Lt. Governor's Office. Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Utah Legislature 2016: What happens next?

Utah's 2016 legislative session has ended. What happens next? Read more »

March 14, 2016

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Judge limits lawsuit over attack at Snowbird's Oktoberfest

A judge on Monday tossed out part of a lawsuit filed by a family who says they were beaten by drunken revelers at a ski resort's Oktoberfest celebration because the event has turned into a... Read more »

March 14, 2016

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2016 Legislature 'more quiet' politically

Friction had already been sparked between Republican and Democratic House leaders before the start of the 2016 Legislature over the minority party being shut out from the debate over Medicaid... Read more »

March 13, 2016

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From Hill to home: Understanding key issues

From Medicaid to to medical marijuana, lawmakers tackled several thorny issues this year. Here are some issues that might be of interest to your family. Read more »

March 12, 2016

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New Medicaid plan helps thousands, but not all

After four sessions and even more months during the interim spent talking about and attempting to pass something akin to Medicaid expansion, they finally did it. Utah lawmakers this year agreed to... Read more »

March 12, 2016

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Lawmakers hold the balance on LGBT, religious rights issues

Utah lawmakers teed up several proposals this year that some perceived as upsetting a delicate compromise struck 12 months ago between religious freedom and gay rights. Read more »

March 12, 2016

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Changes ahead for parents, students and teachers

From testing to technology, Utah's classrooms will see several changes next year as a result of Utah's 2016 legislative session. Read more »

March 12, 2016

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'Hard work ahead' after Utah lawmakers appropriate $9.25 million for statewide homeless initiatives

Community leaders and advocates for people experiencing homelessness came together Friday to thank state lawmakers for their leadership and an appropriation of $9.25 million to launch an initiative... Read more »

March 11, 2016

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1-hour time loss this weekend may make many drowsy, less alert

As Utah prepares to "spring forward" Sunday, AAA Utah says there are safety concerns that come with the daylight saving time change. Read more »

March 11, 2016

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Utah schools get $445M funding boost, new direction for leadership elections

Utah's 2016 legislative session ended Thursday with $445 million in new money for public and higher education, exceeding Gov. Gary Herbert's budget request for schools by more than $20 million. Read more »

March 11, 2016

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Brother of executed killer causes ruckus in House over death penalty bill

The brother of executed killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was detained by police Thursday night after storming into the House gallery to protest lawmakers' lack of action on a proposal to repeal the death... Read more »

March 11, 2016

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Trump says he's not interested in participating in Salt Lake presidential debate

Donald Trump made clear Friday what Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah Republicans have feared: He has no interest in participating in the GOP's March 21 presidential debate in Salt Lake City. Read more »

March 11, 2016

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Session ends in mixed bag for environment, energy issues

This session was mostly a sleeper year for pressing issues related to the environment, but lawmakers did throw some money toward purchasing pollution monitors, and education and research. They also... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Utah lawmakers extend Medicaid to state's poorest, stymie medical marijuana plan

The Legislature finally reached agreement on Medicaid expansion, one of last year's most contentious issues, voting in the final days of the 2016 session to extend the federal assistance program to... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Sen. Mike Lee endorses Ted Cruz for president

Sen. Mike Lee endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday, making him the first U.S. senator to back Cruz's bid for president. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Legislature eliminates legal counsel requirement for disabled adults if parents seek guardianships

Utah will no longer require that disabled adults whose biological or adoptive parents petition courts to become their legal guardians have their own legal counsel under a bill passed Thursday by... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Lawmakers pass bill requiring fetal anesthesia for abortions

The House voted Thursday in favor of a bill that would require women to receive anesthesia for any abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, ostensibly to prevent the fetus from feeling pain. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Rocky Mountain Power bill passed by lawmakers

Opponents marshaled their forces Thursday on Utah's Capitol Hill and got a complex Rocky Mountain Power bill killed. It was then resurrected in the House and passed on a 46-26 vote. The bill gives... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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All candidates would make primary ballot if judge strikes part of Utah election law, state says

If a federal judge strikes down the signature gathering requirement in Utah election law, the state would place all eligible candidates on the primary election ballot, state attorneys said in a... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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House opts not to vote on medical marijuana bill

A bill that would have made Utah the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana died without a vote on the House floor Thursday. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Utah Democrats upset over Medicaid, vow to continue to push for full expansion

A bill that would expand Medicaid to every Utahn who needs it died Wednesday, without the votes to pass, according to its sponsor. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Utah lawmakers set guidelines for police use of body cameras

State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday setting guidelines for police use of body-worn cameras. Read more »

March 10, 2016

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Medical association withdraws support for medical cannabis bill

A bill that would open up medical cannabis in Utah on a limited basis will head to the House floor on the final day of the legislative session without the support of a key backer — the Utah... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Utah lawmakers pass controversial bill on noncompete contracts

State lawmakers late Wednesday passed another reworked version of a controversial bill to regulate the use of noncompete employment contracts in Utah. Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Will Midvale homeless shelter have year-round operation?

Burning the midnight oil, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee approved late Tuesday a bill that would make it possible for the family emergency shelter in Midvale to be open year-round. SB169... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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House lands on water fund compromise

A late-hour reconfiguration of how and when to take sales tax money for new water development projects and maintenance of existing infrastructure in Utah passed in the House with a 48-26 vote. It... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Historic step toward solving Utah's homeless problem

A bill that creates a statewide Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative won final approval Tuesday in the Utah House of Representatives. Lawmakers will appropriate $9.25 million of state and federal... Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Fetal anesthesia bill advances in House committee

A bill that would require physicians to administer anesthesia to women for abortions after 20 weeks of gestation is on its way to the House floor after clearing a committee hearing Tuesday. Read more »

March 9, 2016

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Utah bill removes wait period on health insurance for immigrant children

Children of immigrants who enter the state and country legally and lawfully will no longer wait five years before becoming eligible for health insurance. Read more »

March 9, 2016

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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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