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Bills to improve school safety await governor's signature

The Legislature passed two bills Wednesday that seek to improve safety for students in the classroom. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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House approves $75M property tax increase to equalize school funding

The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would generate $75 million in revenue by increasing Utah's basic property tax rate to equalize funding for schools. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Lawmakers advance bills to clarify parental rights in education

Lawmakers advanced two bills Wednesday that lawmakers say will strengthen parental rights in the education of their children. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Legislature clarifies prostitution laws

The Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would clarify that a person is guilty of prostitution when not only engaging in sexual activity with another for money, but also for trade of goods. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Utah Legislature passes two 'historic' anti-bias, religious rights bills

In what many called a historic moment, the Utah Legislature passed two bills late Wednesday dealing with religious freedom and protections against discrimination of LGBT Utahns in housing and... Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Bill to make game fowl fighting a felony clears Legislature

A bill to make cockfighting a felony in Utah passed the Utah Legislature on Wednesday. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Senate gives preliminary approval to salary raises for some teachers

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill Tuesday that would provide salary increases for some math, science, computer and special education teachers. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Healthy Utah deal in the works

There's a deal in the works in the ongoing back-and-forth between the House and the Senate over Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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House passes resolution calling for Utah workers to build new prison

The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday to encourage the employment of Utah workers to build the new state prison. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Legislature passes bill allowing police to stop motorists not wearing seat belts

Police could pull over motorists and issue warnings for not wearing seat belts under a bill the Utah Legislature has approved. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill to ban fixed contact lens prices passes House

A bill that would restrict contact lens manufacturers or distributors from fixing their prices passed the Utah House of Representatives on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Senate approves bill to equalize property tax for school capital funding

Some school districts may be required to contribute more than $500,000 in additional property tax revenues to support capital funding for schools. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Additional math requirements for high schoolers get House approval

A move to better prepare high schoolers for college-level math passed the House on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill to legalize firing squad executions passes Legislature

Bullets could replace needles for executions in Utah under a bill passed by the state Legislature. HB11 would legalize firing squad executions in the state if drugs needed for lethal injections... Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Alta High School student spearheads new civic engagement group

A student group founded at Alta High School met at the Capitol Tuesday to learn how to make their voices heard at the Legislature. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Student crisis line bill goes to House floor

Legislators, who unanimously approved SB175 on Tuesday, hope to permanently implement a student crisis line that began as a pilot program last year. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Governor 'not satisfied' with proposed increase to school funding

Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday said he's not satisfied with the increase to education funding legislators have settled on in a budget proposal. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Utah House panel endorses anti-bias, religious rights bill

A House panel endorsed a bill Tuesday that combines religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns from discrimination. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Photos: Time running out on 2015 Utah Legislature

With the 2015 Utah Legislature set to end at midnight Thursday, Tuesday was expected to be the final day bills can be considered by a committee. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill would make parent opt-in requirement for sex education

Utah schools require parents to opt their children into sex education classes before they can participate. But lawmakers want the rule to become state law. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Nonpartisan State School Board bill moves to Senate

A bill that would establish a nonpartisan process for the election of State School Board members was sent to the Senate after a unanimous recommendation by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Southern Utah STEM initiative gets OK from legislative committee

An initiative to support ongoing efforts to involve more southern Utah students in science, technology, engineering and math got unanimous support from the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Utah House panel delays action on anti-bias, religious rights bill

Utah House members raised lots of questions during a hearing Monday on potentially monumental legislation looking to balance nondiscrimination and religious freedom. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Advocates urge lawmakers to improve system, not just new prison

Human advocate groups assembled Monday to urge lawmakers to remember the state’s most vulnerable citizens and what needs to be done to improve Utah's correctional system rather than continue... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Got gun? Senate passes bill saying you don't need a permit

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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