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.

Petition supporting traditional marriage delivered to Gov. Herbert

Backers of a petition supporting traditional marriage delivered a list of more than 18,600 signatures to Gov. Gary Herbert's office Friday, saying Utahns don't need to be ashamed of taking that stand. Read more »

Sept. 5, 2014


Attorney general candidates Sean Reyes, Charles Stormont scrutinize campaign donations

Utah attorney general candidates Sean Reyes and Charles Stormont are closely scrutinizing campaign donations because of the alleged actions of the state's two past officeholders. Read more »

Sept. 3, 2014


Former Gov. Huntsman: Same-sex marriage is 'inevitable'

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Wednesday it's "inevitable" that same-sex marriages will be recognized nationwide, but he stopped short of criticizing state officials for fighting the issue... Read more »

Sept. 3, 2014


Becky Lockhart serious about superintendent spot but not ruling out run for governor

Even though outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart is serious about her bid to become the state superintendent of public schools, the Provo Republican doesn't appear to be ruling out a run for... Read more »

Aug. 30, 2014


Transit, health care discussions dominate poverty summit

Dual challenges of affordable health care and the accessibility and pricing of public transit were major topics of discussion Saturday at an annual poverty summit in Salt Lake dissecting the... Read more »

Aug. 23, 2014

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Utah argues for more time to file appeal in gay marriage recognition case

The state backed its request for more time to appeal a lower court ruling in the same-sex marriage recognition case Wednesday with a new brief in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more »

Aug. 20, 2014


Couples oppose state request for more time to appeal gay marriage recognition ruling

Attorneys for three couples in Utah's same-sex marriage recognition case oppose the state's request for more time to file its appeal in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2014


State asks for more time to file appeal in gay marriage recognition case

Utah asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for more time Monday to file its appeal in a same-sex marriage recognition case. They are asking that the deadline be extended from Sept. 22 to Oct. 22. Read more »

Aug. 18, 2014


Democrats want a chance to compete for Valentine seat

State Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon wants Democrats to be able to compete to replace Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, who was recently named to head the Utah State Tax Commission. Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014


New grant money helps combat air pollution

A new round of funding bolstered by money from the Utah Legislature is helping businesses, schools and individuals do what they can to curtail emissions and help clear the Wasatch Front of harmful... Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014


Sen. Mike Lee announces town hall meetings

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has announced five town hall meetings to be held in August throughout the state. Read more »

Aug. 13, 2014


Looking ahead: What will legislator Valentine's departure mean for alcohol laws?

With 26-year state senator John Valentine leaving the Legislature next month, lawmakers face charting a different course for alcohol policy or staying the course that Valentine help set. Read more »

Aug. 10, 2014


Governor appoints new head of State Board of Pardons and Parole

Gov. Gary Hebert has appointed Angela F. Micklos as chairwoman of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. Read more »

Aug. 7, 2014


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


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