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Utah holding presidential caucus, not primary election

Utahns are going to get their turn to vote in the presidential nomination race, but not in traditional manner.

LDS Church opposed to state senator's medical marijuana bill

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Friday night that it has "expressed opposition" to a state legislative bill that would legalize access to the entirety of the marijuana... Read more »

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Majority Republicans hold open, closed caucuses in Legislature's opening weeks

Two weeks into the 2016 Utah Legislature, majority House Republicans have not held a closed caucus. But the majority GOP Senate has held four closed-door caucuses per business as usual. Read more »

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Utah holding presidential caucus, not primary election

Utahns are going to get their turn next month to vote in the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination race, but not in a traditional primary election. Read more »

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State lawmakers to consider repealing controversial guest worker program

State lawmakers five years ago passed a package of controversial immigration reform bills touted as the Utah Solution. But now they will consider abandoning the guest worker program it created. Read more »

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Lawmaker wants year-end tests thrown out of teacher evaluations

Two bills would remove student performance on SAGE as an indicator in teacher evaluations and give schools the option of not administering the year-end exam to high school juniors. Read more »

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Bill would cut state involvement in direct food sales from producers

Ms. America joined Rep. Marc Roberts, R-Santaquin, at a news conference Friday to express her support of the proposed Food Freedom Act. Read more »

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Senate panel approves resolution calling porn a public health crisis

Utahns castigated the adult entertainment industry in a legislative hearing Friday on a proposed resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. Read more »

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Concerns raised about sustainable energy bill

A coalition that includes the state's top consumer watchdog agency is staunchly opposing legislation it says would result in higher electricity bills for Utah ratepayers. Read more »

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Utah House bill would make it crime to fly drones near wildfires

Aerial drones delayed suppression efforts in at least two Utah wildfires last year, and a proposal in the Legislature would make it a crime to fly them within 3 miles of a fire. Read more »

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'Young lungs matter': Students march to Capitol to battle pollution 'monster'

Approximately 1,000 students gathered in the Capitol rotunda for a clean air rally Thursday. Read more »

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2 medical marijuana bills advance in Utah

Two very different bills that would make medical marijuana available to small percentages of Utahns lept over the first hurdles at the Utah Legislature on Thursday. Read more »

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Proposed porn crisis resolution getting national, international attention

A Utah state senator's push to declare pornography a public health crisis has drawn national and international attention and an attaboy from Gov. Gary Herbert. Read more »

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State revenues may fall short of projections, lawmakers warned

Tax revenues may be falling short of projections, leaving less money to spend this session, members of the House GOP caucus were warned Thursday. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Lawmakers seek changes to find voter favor in local transportation tax hike

After Utah voters in several counties shot down last year's Proposition 1, a tax increase to fund local road projects, lawmakers are now pursuing ways to make the tax hike a little more palatable. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Committee approves $11.5M bill to expand public preschool

Adding to a legislative focus on early childhood education, lawmakers gave early approval Thursday to a bill that would expand preschool offerings to Utah children. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Federal judge sends SB54 dispute to Utah Supreme Court

A federal judge Thursday sent the battle over Utah's new election law to the Utah Supreme Court. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Bill would create new designation for autocycles

A state lawmaker is proposing to create a designation for a new category of unconventional vehicles. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Dems demand all information on possible public lands lawsuit

Democrats on a Utah commission considering suing the federal government over ownership of millions of acres of public land in the state are demanding all information pertinent to the potential... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Dems get involved in GOP and state election law feud, bill requires IT workers to report child porn found at work

Bills, including one proving dental benefits for Medicaid clients and another requiring IT workers to report child pornography found at work, have made it past committee while others get put on... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Lawmakers consider bill to make Spiral Jetty Utah’s official work of art

The Spiral Jetty is considered landscape art and is arguably the most popular piece of landscape art in the world. Rep. Rebecca Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, has introduced legislation to make the... Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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House committee passes bill requiring IT workers to report child pornography found on the job

A computer analyst who happens across child pornography and doesn't tell police could be charged with a crime under a bill a Utah House committee passed Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2016

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Bill to eliminate requirement for prospective wards' legal counsel in guardianship cases put on hold

A legislative committee held a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the requirement that young adults with intellectual disabilities to be represented by legal counsel when courts consider their... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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UVU leaders ask Legislature to fund 'a missing piece' for arts students

Utah Valley University leaders announced Wednesday that private donations for a new performing arts building have now topped $20 million in 18 months, exceeding the university's original goal of... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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New specialty license plate would fund research, awareness for childhood cancer

A Utah mother went before the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday to encourage support for a specialty group license plate that would support childhood cancer awareness and research. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Democrat wants Utahns to cast nonbinding vote on Medicaid expansion in November

A House Democratic leader wants voters to be able to answer a nonbinding "opinion question" on the November ballot about whether the state should accept Medicaid expansion to provide health care to... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Dental benefits bill moves forward

A proposal that would restore dental benefits to up to 34,500 Medicaid patients — with the University of Utah School of Dentistry footing the bill — is moving forward at the Utah... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Photos: Charter school students get a lesson in politics

Charter school students and Utah legislative leaders gathered in the Capitol rotunda to celebrate school choice and discuss legislation pertinent to Utah’s charter schools. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Medical marijuana bills discussed, death penalty for human traffickers proposed

Bills advance and fail in committee, state Senators pitch their medical marijuana bills to the House Republican caucus and a bill that would invoke jail time for those flying drones within 3 miles... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Judge allows Dems to intervene in GOP, state fight over Utah election law

A federal judge Wednesday allowed the Utah Democratic Party to intervene in the ongoing fight between the Utah Republican Party and the state over the primary election nominating process. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Lawmaker proposes making 'In God We Trust' license plate a standard option

A state lawmaker wants to make the "In God We Trust" specialty license plate a standard option at the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2016

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Utah House measure aims to keep drones away from wildfires

When a fire broke out last year near a Utah mountain lake, firefighters had to ground their airplanes and helicopters because a drone was buzzing nearby. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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STEM or STEAM: Is there room for both in Utah schools?

As Utah's industry-driven emphasis on STEM education grows, educators and lawmakers still recognize the role that the arts play in students' learning. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Bill to permit 18 year olds to petition court to end DCFS supervision stalls

A bill that would have allowed 18 year olds, in concert with their parents, to petition juvenile courts to end DCFS supervision was defeated on a tied vote of the Senate Health and Human Services... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting fails in committee

A bill that would have done away with straight-ticket voting on Utah ballots failed in committee Tuesday after Utah GOP Chairman James Evans spoke against it. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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House Republicans hear medical marijuana bills, not expected to take a position

Members of the House Republican caucus heard pitches Tuesday for two approaches to legalizing medical marijuana, but House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said the caucus likely won't take a... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Alcohol permit bill clears Senate committee

A bill that clarifies how the state alcohol commission considers permits for special events advanced Tuesday in the Utah Legislature. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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State lawmakers propose death penalty for human traffickers in homicide cases

Human trafficking that results in the death of the victim could be charged as a capital offense under a bill a House committee approved Tuesday. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: 'Public health crisis', liquor barriers and a record number of bills for the Utah Legislature

Republicans and Democrats can agree that inversion is the worst, lawmakers try to find ways around the "Zion Curtain" and Utahns may possibly get to provide funding while sporting a specialty... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2016

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Lawmaker looks to curb municipal collections from traffic tickets

Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is sponsoring SB100, which would cap the amount of revenue a municipality can collect from traffic tickets at 25 percent of its budget. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Republicans, Democrats together on need for clean air legislation

More than two dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers stood together Monday to announce a long list of clean air-related bills and appropriation requests. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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What you need to know about the effort to clear the air in Utah

As state regulators continue to try to put a lid on the sources of air pollution and residents are hungry for ways to do their part, expect Utah lawmakers to once again be handling multiple air... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Audit reveals deficiencies in Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole must take steps to ensure consistent and fair decisions for releasing or extending the stay of prison inmates, according to a new legislative audit. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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State senator wants Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis

A Utah state senator is sponsoring a resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Tourism boosters rub shoulders with lawmakers

Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, left, and Colin Fryer, from Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, visit during a Tourism on the Hill event at the Capitol on Monday. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Specialty license plate bills on the way to Senate

Bills to create two specialty license plates received unanimous approval from a Senate committee Monday. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Price tag give pause for governor, U.S. reps visit Hill

Water bills, gun safety classes and public land lawsuits were some of the topics on the hill last week. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Utah legislators not likely to remove barrier shielding liquor dispensing this year

A Republican state lawmaker is making another run taking down the barrier in restaurants designed to shield diners from liquor dispensing. Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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State lawmaker wants to break school to prison 'pipeline'

Meeting at the flag pole after school is something that juveniles have been doing for generations. But should a scuffle or fist fight that doesn't involve weapons result in referrals to juvenile... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Things to Know: Utah's record bills numbers include repeats

Utah lawmakers are on track to sift through a record number of bills over the next six weeks after legislators moved at a frenetic pace to submit proposals, including many resurrected ideas that... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Lawmakers seek to 'save lives' by targeting opioid epidemic

On Friday, lawmakers announced a group of bills to target the opioid epidemic in Utah, which had the eighth highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation in 2014. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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