Utah Legislature

Utah Senate committee passes bill to beef up liquor law enforcement

A bill that would divert fines from alcohol violations for increased enforcement cleared a Senate committee.

Utah environmental agency releases year-end report on 2014

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued its year-end report Monday, offering a retrospective of the varied accomplishments — and challenges — it encountered during 2014. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2014


Herbert proposes $14.3B budget with $500M in new money for education

Gov. Gary Herbert proposed a new $14.3 billion state budget Thursday that provides $500 million in new money for public and higher education, including the largest increase in funds going to local... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014


Gov. Gary Herbert expected to recommend $14 billion-plus budget

When Gov. Gary Herbert announces his proposed budget Thursday, the bottom line is expected to exceed $14 billion thanks to a big boost in ongoing revenues and surplus funds. Read more »

Dec. 10, 2014


Bill would increase noncustodial parents' time with children

A legislative committee Wednesday debated proposed legislation that could slightly increase the minimum time noncustodial parents can spend with their children. Read more »

Nov. 19, 2014


Utah lawmakers debate lengthening general session

Utah lawmakers are thinking about increasing the number of days they meet each year in general session. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014


BLM seeks input on new mountain bike trail system near Cedar City

The Bureau of Land Management's Cedar City office is hosting an open house for input on an approved mountain bike trail system near Cedar City. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014


News Guide: Election Day highlights for Utah

Highlights from the races and measures at stake on Election Day in Utah: Read more »

Nov. 4, 2014


BLM seeks nominees for advisory council

The Bureau of Land Management in Utah is seeking public nominations for three open positions on its Utah Resource Advisory Council. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2014


Reducing public corruption should be Utah Legislature's top priority, survey shows

Reducing corruption among elected officials tops a list of issues Utahns want the state Legislature to address in 2015, a new survey shows. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2014


Utah Democrats complain that GOP candidate running for two offices

Utah Democrats filed a complaint against a state House member who is seeking both re-election and to fill a vacancy in the Senate. But the state elections office says he's not violating the law. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2014


Utah Department of Agriculture and Food expanding online services

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is expanding its online services to make it easier to apply for, update, renew and pay for certain licenses. Read more »

Oct. 29, 2014


McAdams proposes $1.1 billion budget for Salt Lake County with no tax increase

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has proposed a $1.1 billion budget for 2015. The 'lean' budget, which can be funded with no tax increase, would provide a 2.75 percent merit pay increases to... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014

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Utah among lowest in nation in political engagement, report says

Political campaigns in Utah hoping for high voter turnout in next week’s mid-term election were served Monday with another reminder of the challenge of voter turnout in Utah. Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014


State hospital considering jail-based programs to meet growing need for forensic services

A legislative audit says some forensic patients at the Utah State Hospital have stays that exceed limits in state law, resulting in waiting lists. State officials say patient cases are complex and... Read more »

Oct. 21, 2014


Legislators propose education savings account program

State lawmakers are revisiting the possibility of creating a pilot program intended to allow parents more flexibility in funding a customized education for their children. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014

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Group calls on UTA to improve transit

While Utah’s transit system is growing and improving, service could still be enhanced for those who need it most. That was the message conveyed to state lawmakers Wednesday by members of the... Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014


Religious freedom, nondiscrimination bills to resurface at Utah Legislature

GOP legislative leaders put the brakes on bills related to marriage and nondiscrimination earlier this year, but with Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, some lawmakers intend to bring back that... Read more »

Oct. 7, 2014


Calls for civility accompany same-sex marriage action

Utahns' reaction to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear the state's appeal of a lower-court ruling allowing same-sex marriage included concern, celebration and calls for civility. Read more »

Oct. 6, 2014


Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex marriage cases after first meeting

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted 11 new cases Thursday but took no action on same-sex marriage cases. Read more »

Oct. 2, 2014


Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democratic challenger Charles Stormont debate live stream

PROVO — Attorney General Sean Reyes and challenger Charles Stormont are scheduled to debate Wednesday at KBYU studios. The hourlong debate is live at 6 p.m. The Utah Debate Commission is... Read more »

Oct. 1, 2014


Group wants all to pay 'true' price for water, property taxes phased out

A Utah Rivers Council report released Tuesday shows significant water savings if eight selected cities phased out property taxes going to water districts. Residents would pay more, but water would... Read more »

Sept. 30, 2014


Utah County GOP sets schedule to replace Sen. John Valentine

The Utah County Republican Party has set out a schedule to replace Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem. Read more »

Sept. 30, 2014


U.S. House passes bill reauthorizing emergency services for kids program

A bill to reauthorize a program for emergency medical treatment for children has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim... Read more »

Sept. 18, 2014


Senate confirms Sen. John Valentine to head Utah Tax Commission

Though his Senate colleagues said it was hard to let him go, they unanimously confirmed Sen. John Valentine to head the Utah Tax Commission on Wednesday. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2014

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Lawmakers, business leaders back bill requiring civics test

Two Utah lawmakers announced Wednesday they will sponsor a Utah Civics Education Initiative bill that would require high school students to pass a U.S. civics test in order to graduate. Read more »

Sept. 17, 2014


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