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After-school programs a 'comprehensive' way to help kids, lawmakers say

A Utah senator is hoping to improve academic achievement for some of Utah's most at-risk students.

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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Bill to ban airport smoking soars through Senate committee

A bill that would shut down the smoking rooms at the Salt Lake City International Airport sailed smoothly through a Senate committee Friday. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Bill would be a 'stopgap' for State School Board elections

Utah legislators are again trying to find a new way to select members of the Utah State Board of Education after a handful of bills attempting to do so failed last year. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Love's first-year accomplishments include investigating 'industries' related to abortion

The newest member of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation, Rep. Mia Love, offered a report Friday on her first year in office, including her appointment to a committee seen as... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Specialty license plate seeks to raise awareness of congenital heart defects

At least four new specialty license plate bills are expected to be considered by state lawmakers during the 2016 Legislature. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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State senator sees hate crimes bill as follow-up to Utah nondiscrimination, religious rights law

A proposed new Utah hate crimes law would be any "easy follow-up" to the state's religious rights and anti-discrimination bill, says the Republican senator who helped push that measure through the... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Rep. Rob Bishop 'offended' by photos in ads attacking public lands bill (+video)

Rep. Rob Bishop took "umbrage" with an ad campaign, particulary the photos, attacking his public lands inititiave even before he unveiled it last week. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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$14 million price tag for public lands lawsuit gives governor pause

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's still reviewing whether he supports going forward with a proposed lawsuit against the federal government over its control of public lands, given the high price... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Education forefront of legislative session, pollution and water development bills prompt discussion

Three House education bills will move on to the House for consideration and a senator is recognized by the American Red Cross for saving another senator's life two years ago. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Bill would allow disabled veterans free access to state parks

Disabled veterans may soon be granted free access to Utah State Parks. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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2016 session will test Legislature's stand on water issues

Expect the 2016 Utah Legislature to evolve into ground zero on multiple pressing water issues, including a controversial move to divert sales tax revenue from transportation to development projects... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Bill would lower age to apply for certain hunting permits

Utah lawmakers considered a bill on Thursday that would allow 12-year-olds to apply for specialty hunting tags. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Social service advocates call for lawmakers to 'end the earmarks'

A coalition of concerned social service organizations held a news conference Thursday at the Capitol to protest the more than $500 million in earmarks in the state budget. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Watch: U.S. in 'dangerous' time, Rep. Chris Stewart tells Utah lawmakers

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, told Utah lawmakers Thursday this is a critical time in the nation's history. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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State senator wants to revamp Utah hate crimes law

A state senator introduced a bill Thursday to include sexual orientation, sexual identity and other categories of people in Utah's hate crimes law. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Herbert stands by Planned Parenthood directive despite calls to reverse it

Four Democratic lawmakers called on Gov. Gary Herbert to reverse his directive Thursday that blocks federal funds to Planned Parenthood of Utah, but the governor stood by his decision. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Panel OKs bill removing ban on carrying weapons on buses, trains

A state lawmaker says peacefully carrying a concealed weapon on a bus or train should be no different than carrying a gun or knife on the street. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Top educators wary of teaching gun safety in schools

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, got concerned reactions from members of the State School Board on Thursday about his bill to create an optional pilot program to teach gun safety and violence... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Bills would help pregnant and breastfeeding women, give death benefits to Utah National Guard members

Legislators aim to more equally distribute education funds next year, propose death benefits, encourage "reasonable accommodations" for working mothers and a watchdog group slams a senator's water... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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House gives early approval to spend $30M on improving classroom instruction

Legislators are hoping to put $30 million toward giving educators more opportunities for training and teaching improvement, but some educators are asking whether that money could be better spent... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Extended-day kindergarten gets early thumbs-up from House

Two proposals to expand opportunities for families to enroll their students in extended-day kindergarten programs gained early approval from lawmakers Wednesday. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Red Cross honors Utah lawmaker for performing livesaving CPR on colleague

The American Red Cross honored Sen. Brian Shiozawa at the state Capitol on Wednesday, nearly two years after the Cottonwood Heights Republican performed lifesaving CPR on a fellow lawmaker. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Pair of air pollution bills prompt flurry of questions

Two pollution bills sponsored by Senate Assistant Minority Whip Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, spurred a bevy of questions. One bill did not survive scrutiny from a legislative committee, but... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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