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House passes bill to outlaw tattoos for minors under 14

The full House passed a bill Monday that would prohibit the tattooing of minors younger than age 14, with or without parent permission. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Off the table for now in Utah, wood smoke regulations fuel fights elsewhere in U.S.

Several states are fighting back over new EPA regulations aimed at wood stoves. In Utah, the smoke has not even begun to clear over a proposed ban on seasonal residential wood burning. An... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Higher ed performance funding bill gets unanimous Senate approval

Utah lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Monday that would link new money for higher education to each institution's performance in metrics focused on student success. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House, Senate pass competing bills to raise Utah gas tax

State lawmakers passed competing proposals to raise Utah's gas tax Monday. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Lawmakers, educators consider consequences of opting children out of testing

Lawmakers recommended a bill Monday to clarify parents' right to opt their children out of statewide tests in school, but educators worry how assessment scores and school funding could be affected... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Committee recommends partisan State School Board bill for House debate

Lawmakers took another step Monday toward deciding on a method to select members of the Utah State Board of Education. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Utah House panel endorses bill banning powdered alcohol

State lawmakers took the first step toward outlawing powdered alcohol mixes Monday. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Groups split over bill letting state workers opt out of performing gay marriages

Advocacy groups say a new bill that would let government workers opt out of performing gay marriages undermines compromise legislation that aims to balance nondiscrimination and religious freedom. Read more »

March 7, 2015

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Utah Senate passes anti-bias, religious freedom bill

The state Senate approved a bill Friday that seeks to balance religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns aganst discrimination in the workplace and housing. Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Panel OKs bill allowing divorcing parents online option for mandatory course

State law may soon provide more flexibility for Utah parents who are filing for divorce and are required to complete a mandatory divorce course. Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Bill requiring full Legislature to vote on new prison site passes committee

A bill requiring the full Legislature to vote on the site of a new state prison and creating a new commission to oversee the move that includes the executive branch was approved Friday by a House... Read more »

March 6, 2015

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House committee rejects class size reduction bill

Concerns over accountability, funding calculations and apparent complacency with allocated funds prompted the House Education Committee to reject a bill to increase school funding to reduce class... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Lawmakers propose big increase for education in new budget

State lawmakers got closer Thursday to finalizing a new budget after House and Senate Republicans settled on a big increase for public education and other spending. Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Should Utah high schoolers be required to take four years of math?

The House Education Committee unanimously approved a resolution Thursday urging education leaders to require students take four years of math in high school, unless they can demonstrate adequate... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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'Death with dignity' bill put on hold for further study

After hearing emotional testimony on both sides of the proposed Utah Death with Dignity Act, the House Health and Human Services Committee voted Thursday to refer the issue to interim study. Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Bill requires county clerks to provide person to perform same-sex marriages

A bill filed Thursday would require county clerks' offices to make someone available to solemnize same-sex marriages, while at the same time accommodating workers who might object for religious... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Gov. Herbert: 'Fight goes on' for Healthy Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert pledged Thursday that "the fight goes on" for his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion in the final days of the 2015 Legislature. Read more »

March 5, 2015

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LDS Church, LGBT advocates back anti-discrimination, religious rights bill

Calling it a monumental and historic day, Utah lawmakers unveiled much-anticipated legislation Wednesday that aims to balance religious rights and protections against discrimination of LGBT people... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Senate OKs bill for school crisis reporting app

The Senate gave its final approval to a bill that would facilitate a smartphone application to better connect students with resources to deal with violence, harassment and suicide. Read more »

March 4, 2015

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Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan fails in House committee

A House committee failed to pass out Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion Wednesday night, but the sponsor of the legislation said he still hopes to reach a compromise. Read more »

March 4, 2015

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Bill clarifying parental rights in education gets OK from Senate

A bill giving further clarity to parents' right to opt their children out of testing and excuse them from school was approved by the Utah Senate on Wednesday. Read more »

March 4, 2015

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3 State School Board bills advance, 2 fail as partisan debate continues

Three legislative packages advanced and two failed Tuesday and Wednesday as lawmakers continued the debate on how Utah's State School Board members should be vetted. Read more »

March 4, 2015

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Senate advances bill to improve juvenile drug and alcohol correctional system

A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require Utah courts to provide treatment and offer more options for minors who repeatedly violate drug or alcohol laws rather than simply... Read more »

March 4, 2015

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Bill proposing more math for high school students moves to House

Lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would introduce new math requirements to help high schoolers be ready for college and a career when they graduate. Read more »

March 4, 2015

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Pilot program would allow teachers to work year-round

Lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday to create a pilot program that would allow Utah teachers to teach year-round instead of being unemployed each summer. Read more »

March 4, 2015

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