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Scalia's death leaves major void in high court, Utah legal experts say

The death of one of the U.S. Supreme Court's strongest conservative voices is likely to have a major impact.

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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Bill to divert sales tax revenue to water development advances

A legislative committee approved a bill diverting a portion of sales tax revenue from a transportation fund to the Water Infrastructure Restricted Account to help finance water development projects... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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It's year 5 in the fight to end intergenerational poverty

After years of collecting data and research on intergenerational poverty in Utah, state officials are asking communities to take a focused approach to disrupt generations of families living in... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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State senator proposes to create gun safety program for Utah schools

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said parents have the responsibility to talk to their children about guns. But because that doesn't always happen, he's proposing an optional school program to... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Bill would give GOP majority control of two key legislative committees

The balance between Republicans and Democrats on two key legislative committees would shift toward the GOP majority under a new bill introduced Wednesday in the House. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Lawmakers consider using postal workers to help in disasters

Utah lawmakers are looking at the possibility of using letter carriers to help identify at-risk residents and damaged buildings in a disaster. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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A bill to help pregnant and breastfeeding women

State lawmakers last year made it illegal for employers discriminate against pregnant and breastfeeding women. This year, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is looking to build on that law by... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Utah Democrats want to weigh in on court battle over state election law

Utah Democrats have stayed out of the fray in the Republicans' battle with the state over how political parties choose candidates for elected office. But Tuesday, the party filed a court motion to... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Death benefits proposed for Utah National Guard members

A state lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would provide death benefits to families of Utah National Guard members who die while on state active duty. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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The plan: $36 million for charter schools, among other things

Funding requests this year include $100 million for a statewide one-to-one student technology program, $30 million for professional learning for teachers and $17.5 million for optional extended-day... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Workforce development, education funding top business community's legislative priorities

Making sure the state has an adequately educated workforce, low taxes, effective regulation and a well-maintained infrastructure rank among the most important issues lawmakers will face in the 2016... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Group slams measure to pay for water projects

A group critical of the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline is criticizing a measure by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, that proposes to transfer $35.8 million from the transportation fund... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Photos: University students showcase their research at Capitol

For several hours Tuesday, dozens of undergraduate students from the University of Utah and Utah State University showcased their research to Utah lawmakers at the state Capitol. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Lawmakers present agendas, while House daily media availability ends

After a moment a silence in both the House and Senate for fallen Unified police officer Doug Barney, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, laid out... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Utah PolitiLinks: Closed caucuses, health care and gun issues — points of interest for 2016 Utah Legislature

In the next 45 days, Utah legislators will take a look at bills ranging from public lands to gun issues and everything in between. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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House speaker ends daily media availability

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, has ended the longstanding practice of holding daily availability with the news media, saying he prefers to meet with reporters individually. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Justice reform could increase crime without treatment funding, Utah chief justice says

Utah's Justice Reinvestment Initiative won't work and could lead to more crime without money to provide mental health and drug abuse treatment for offenders, the chief justice of the Utah Supreme... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Public lands lawsuit already a focus of 2016 Legislature

State lawmakers appear poised to spend as much as $14 million to sue the federal government over control of public lands as the Utah Legislature opened its 2016 general session Monday. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Job 1 for legislators: Educate Utah's children

Preschool, kindergarten, teacher coaching and other proposals impacting students and their families are set for debate in the 2016 legislative session starting Monday. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Utah lawmakers to grapple with gun issues

With a contentious debate over gun rights sweeping the nation, Utah lawmakers have several firearms-related bills in the chamber, including the return of the so-called "constitutional carry" law. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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Utah lawmakers get creative with Medicaid expansion

Despite years of discussing the issue, Medicaid expansion and various plans to implement it in Utah are again on the docket for this legislative session. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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No insurance, but still clinging to hope

Wheels are turning at the Legislature to find a health care solution that a majority of lawmakers can agree on. But Utahns hanging in the balance, waiting on potentially life-changing information,... Read more »

Jan. 24, 2016

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Behind closed doors: Public decisions made in private

Twice, Gov. Gary Herbert has advanced plans to use the millions of dollars in Medicaid expansion funds available to the state to provide health care for low-income Utahns. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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Salt Lake City leaders seeking Legislature's help in addressing air quality, homelessness

Utah's capital city, a blue dot in a sea of red, isn't taking a very conservative approach to the 2016 Legislature. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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UTA adds extra bus service to state Capitol during legislative session

In an effort to alleviate parking congestion and reduce air pollution, the Utah Transit Authority is adding extra bus service to the state Capitol for the new legislative session beginning Monday. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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$27M request for homeless shelters, services presents a 'once-in-a-generation opportunity'

A $27 million request to Utah lawmakers to fund shelters and services for people experiencing homelessness presents a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to change the system. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Huntsman calls on presidential candidates to 'step up,' heal political divisiveness

Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor, U.S. ambassador to China and presidential candidate, returned to the state Wednesday to speak about the nation's future in the global economy and how it... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Democratic lawmakers favor taking from higher ed to give to public schools

Education again tops Utah Democratic lawmakers' list of priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including a new idea to get more money into public schools. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Bishop public lands proposal unveiled, already sparking criticism

Amid much fanfare and early criticism, Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are set to unveil the Public Lands Initiative discussion draft on Wednesday. One group that obtained an early... Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Utah lawmaker earns $135K salary for public lands push

A Utah-based nonprofit waging a full-time campaign for Western states to take control of millions of acres of federal public lands spent almost half of its revenue on salaries for its co-founder, a... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2016

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Should Utah welcome the endangered Mexican wolf?

Local activists voiced their dismay Thursday to actions by the governor's office and the Utah Wildlife Board that opposed allowing the endangered Mexican wolf to enter Utah as part of a proposed... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Medical marijuana gets another shot

Proponents of medical marijuana legalization are renewing their efforts with an eye toward the start of the 2016 Utah Legislature. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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2016 Legislature may try to force feds to take action on Internet sales tax

An attempt to force the collection of sales taxes on online purchases could be a way for the 2016 Legislature to bolster the sagging revenue source. Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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New prison won't be done until July 2020

The new Utah State Prison won't be completed until July 2020, according to a timeline provided to the Legislature's Prison Development Commission on Wednesday. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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