Utah Legislature

State could save millions on human services programs with tighter controls

A review says the state could save with controls over forensic patient stays and reducing juvenile recidivism rates.

Single-event permits still an issue for liquor commission

State liquor commissioners continued Tuesday to grapple with what the requirements should be for issuing single-event permits after a recent controversy over how the rules applied to an annual... Read more »

July 29, 2014


State committee studying feasibility of extending online voting to more Utahns

Utahns file their taxes, bank and shop online all the time, says state Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, so why shouldn't they also be able to vote on their laptops? Read more »

July 26, 2014


Bill reintroduced to give Utah Division of Air Quality more 'flexibility'

A bill was reintroduced Wednesday that would give the Utah Division of Air Quality more flexibility in forming strategies to achieve standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more »

July 16, 2014


Investigators continue to build case against ex-A.G.s Shurtleff, Swallow

Investigators continue to build a case for possible criminal charges against former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Read more »

June 28, 2014


Unofficial vote tallies from primary election

Unofficial vote tallies from Tuesday's primary elections in Utah. Read more »

June 25, 2014


Republican legislators, ex-senator call on U.S. House to pass immigration reform

The nation cannot afford to wait any longer for immigration reform, state legislative leaders wrote in a letter to Utah Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Jim Matheson that urges... Read more »

June 24, 2014


Utah lawmakers drafting letter in support of e-cigarette regulation

Utah lawmakers are working on drafting a letter to support potential FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes. The Utah committee has until July 9 to submit its support. Read more »

June 18, 2014


Frustrated Utah lawmakers vent to BLM, Forest Service

A Utah legislative committee overseeing public land policy issues asked hard questions of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service on grazing and law enforcement conflicts. Some asserted... Read more »

June 18, 2014


Utah plan for Medicaid expansion progressing despite opposition

The Utah Department of Health is meeting weekly with federal officials to discuss options for Medicaid expansion. Read more »

May 22, 2014


State School Board candidates trimmed by nominating committee

Thirty-seven candidates will be interviewed by a committee tasked with narrowing down the number of individuals running for the State School Board. The committee will then forward three names per... Read more »

May 21, 2014


Federal judge orders recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah

A federal judge ruled Monday that Utah must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state during the brief time it was legal in late December and early January. Read more »

May 19, 2014


Sen. Orrin Hatch tops list of senators who've passed the most laws

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has gotten more laws passed than anyone else currently serving in the Senate, according to a ranking released Friday by the National Journal. Read more »

May 16, 2014


Immigration reform could be issue in Owens, Love race

Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens vowed Wednesday to make immigration reform a top campaign priority. Read more »

May 14, 2014


Hundreds of new state laws go into effect Tuesday

Most of the bills that Utah legislators passed during their legislative session this year go into effect Tuesday. Under Utah's constitution, new laws go into effect 60 days after the legislative... Read more »

May 13, 2014


Fight over Count My Vote may not be over yet

A legal team is being assembled to help defend the new alternative to the caucus and convention system political parties use to nominate candidates, the chairman of the Count My Vote initiative... Read more »

May 12, 2014


Utah leaders offer mixed reaction on prayer in public square

Local leaders react to a Supreme Court of the United States ruling that allows religion-specific prayers in government meetings, as long as a good-faith effort is made to include all groups. Read more »

May 5, 2014


Environmental law comes under fire after federal audit

A new report by the Government Accountability Office has the oil and gas industry as well as politicians such as Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah decrying the federal environmental review process. A... Read more »

April 15, 2014

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State lawmakers won't override Gov. Herbert vetoes

State lawmakers won't override any of the three bills Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed from the most recent legislative session. Read more »

April 14, 2014


Utah same-sex marriage debate shifts to appeals court Thursday

Utah will take center stage in the national debate on marriage Thursday when attorneys for the state and three gay and lesbian couples argue their opposing beliefs before a federal appeals court. Read more »

April 7, 2014


Will Utah Democrats' focus shift to 'bread-and-butter' issues?

Already hard-hit by the decision of the state's only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Jim Matheson, not to seek re-election, the Utah Democratic Party also is looking for a new chairman — and a new... Read more »

April 6, 2014


Corroon, Davis running for state Democratic Party chairman

Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and former Utah County Democratic Party Chairman Richard Davis both said Friday they are running for the Utah Democratic Party chairmanship. Read more »

April 4, 2014


Gov. Herbert vetoes 3 bills, including 1 stemming from Swallow investigation

Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed three bills Wednesday, including one of the pieces of legislation stemming from the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow. Read more »

April 2, 2014


Will Utah play a more prominent role in 2016 presidential primary?

There's still a push for Utah to play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential primary race, even though a bill to make the state's election the first in the nation stalled in this year's Legislature. Read more »

March 29, 2014


Student-advocated state tree bill signed into law

The quaking aspen was signed into law as Utah's state tree on Wednesday during a ceremonial event at Monroe Elementary School. Read more »

March 26, 2014

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Utah Senate requests public comment on judicial nominee

Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Joseph M. Bean to fill a vacancy on the 2nd District Court. Read more »

March 25, 2014

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