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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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Legislative 'glitch' delays distribution of $24M in tax revenue for schools

A $75 million property tax increase has helped schools hire more teachers and make needed upgrades, but a legislative "glitch" has prevented schools from receiving about $24 million of the new... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Utah officials unveil new state seal in Capitol floor

State officials unveiled a giant Utah seal laid in the tile floor of the Capitol on Monday to commemorate the building's 100th anniversary. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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The view from Washington: From budgets to Benghazi, Utah's lawmakers packed a punch

From budgets and Benghazi to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Utah’s congressional delegation packed a punch Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Is Trump GOP's choice? Utah delegation says no

Donald Trump continues to lead in national polls among the many GOP contenders for president, but members of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation seem to believe voters will make a better... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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'Model' legislation on religious and LGBT rights, prison relocation and the top Utah stories of 2015

For Utahns, 2015 was a year marked by defining legal decisions, big political headlines, poignant victory and heart-wrenching loss. Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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UEA: New regulations deny due process to disciplined teachers

The Utah Education Association says a new set of regulations violates teachers' rights to due process in disciplinary hearings. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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Utah media outlets urge GOP lawmakers to open caucus meetings

Lawyers for the Utah Media Coalition objected Tuesday to House and Senate Republicans, who hold a supermajority in the Utah Legislature, convening closed caucus meetings to discuss and even vote. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Rep. Mia Love speaks at D.C. event commemorating abolition of slavery

During a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery at the Capitol that included a speech by President Barack Obama, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, spoke of slavery in the... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Utah has $560M in new money for upcoming budget, but sales tax revenue down

State lawmakers will have more than a half billion dollars in new money to spend next year, according to revenue estimates released Monday. Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015

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House speaker reveals more details on newest Medicaid expansion plan

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, outlined more details of the newest Medicaid expansion plan being sought by GOP lawmakers. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Anatomy of a trip: The Utah-Switzerland connection

A controversial trip state lawmakers, UTA board members and lobbyists made to Switzerland might be the culmination of a Swiss official's desire to meet some of his countrymen during a visit to Utah. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Former Gov. Leavitt warns action needed soon on taxes

Former Gov. Mike Leavitt told lawmakers Thursday they need to face a number of long-term issues including an eroding sales tax base and offered some advice on combining statesmanship with political... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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Utah lawmaker: Follow-up religious liberty legislation 'likely' next year

Rep. LaVar Christensen wants Utah lawmakers to have "open hearts and open minds" as the Legislature considers possible follow-up legislation to anti-discrimination and religious rights bills passed... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Judge: State can't force political parties to hold open primaries

A federal judge Tuesday struck down a provision in Utah's new election law that requires political parties to open primary elections to all voters. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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Legislators, judges honored for advocacy of juvenile justice

Four legislators and two judges received recognition from the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice for their work on behalf of the juvenile justice system. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Judge poised to strike down part of new Utah election law

A federal judge appears poised to strike down part of a disputed new state election law that defines how political parties choose candidates for elected office. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Feds spending 'serious dollars' on Obamacare in Utah, House GOP hears

Even without Medicaid expansion, Utahns are paying less in taxes related to President Barack Obama's health care law than they're getting back, the House Republican caucus heard Wednesday. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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Some conservative Utah lawmakers favor abolishing death penalty

Some conservative Utah lawmakers appear poised to start talking about abolishing the death penalty. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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Utah lawmakers eye reforms for Utah water supplies, delivery

With snowpack abysmal in Utah over the past four years and reservoirs below half full, it's critical for water officials to effectively manage the resource and for residents to be responsive.... Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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Latest version of Medicaid expansion fails to win House, Senate support

The latest version of Medicaid expansion, crafted by Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP legislative leaders, failed Tuesday to muster more than a handful of votes among House Republicans and members of the... Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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Sen. Mike Lee 'flattered' but not interested in House speakership

Another Utahn saw his name surface over the weekend as a potential U.S. House speaker -- Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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Gov. Herbert: Medicaid expansion efforts won't end

Gov. Gary Herbert said he's optimistic his efforts to expand Medicaid in Utah won't end when House Republicans meet behind closed doors Tuesday to take a straw vote on the latest proposal. Read more »

Oct. 12, 2015

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Students, teachers hope education will be a high priority for lawmakers next year

State leaders met with students and teachers Monday to better understand the needs of Utah's schools. It was a meeting teachers and students hope will translate into helpful action when the... Read more »

Oct. 12, 2015

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Government needs to stop stifling business innovation, Sen. Mike Lee says

Sen. Mike Lee says government needs to get out of the way so business innovation can blossom and grow. Read more »

Oct. 12, 2015

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Lawmakers to hear Medicaid expansion plan next week

Details of the much-anticipated new plan for Medicaid expansion from Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders will be rolled out Tuesday to lawmakers in closed-door meetings before being unveiled... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2015

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Legislative trip highlights old bones, new monuments and parks

Utah lawmakers rounded out a rural lands tour by viewing the formations of the San Rafael Swell and learning of plans for a new national monument dedicated to the world's largest collection of... Read more »

Sept. 17, 2015

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Survey: Utahns want targeted funding for education

Results from Envision Utah's survey show Utahns widely recognize education as an area that deserves additional investment, and most people are willing to pay more for a better educational program. Read more »

Sept. 11, 2015

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Experts discuss health impacts of medical marijuana in Utah

Local and national experts gathered Wednesday to address a Utah committee on the potential health impacts of medicinal marijuana. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015

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Utah lawmakers, police closer to statewide body camera rules

Utah police agencies don't oppose statewide policies on the use of body cameras as long as they balance the interests of their officers and the public. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015

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Lawmakers resume debate on selection of State School Board

Lawmakers on Wednesday continued to discuss possibilities of changing how State School Board members are chosen after a stalemate of opinions stalled previous proposals in the 2015 Legislature. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015

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GOP lawmakers say primary election plurality issue should be resolved by party

The leaders of a legislative interim committee studying what should be done if a primary winner doesn't receive a majority of votes under a new nominating system said Wednesday political parties... Read more »

Aug. 19, 2015

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Utahns admit marijuana use to encourage lawmakers to budge on legalization

Three Utahns told lawmakers Wednesday that they are using marijuana, even though it is illegal in the state. Read more »

July 15, 2015

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Economic impact of Draper prison move could be lower — or almost $1 billion higher — than estimated

A new look at the economic impact of moving the Utah State Prison from Draper found that developing the site could generate between $557 million and some $2.7 billion, depending on what's built there. Read more »

July 14, 2015

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What's next for No Child Left Behind and what does it mean for Utah?

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday began deliberating over a bill to replace the embattled federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, and Utah educators hope it will lead to greater local control. Read more »

July 8, 2015

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Time to create more taxes? Rep. Chaffetz thinks so

Why is Rep. Jason Chaffetz pushing new legislation that would take more money from consumers, create new taxes for small businesses and propound new regulations to empower state tax collectors to... Read more »

July 8, 2015

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Lawmakers, educators begin discussing changes to Utah's charter school funding system

The Charter School Funding Task Force met for the first time Wednesday to consider changes to the controversial way charters are funded in the state. Read more »

June 24, 2015

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389 new Utah laws take effect Tuesday

Buckle up. Starting Tuesday, police can pull over drivers who aren't wearing seat belts. The primary seat belt law is among 389 new Utah laws that take effect Tuesday. Read more »

May 11, 2015

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Air quality advocates call prohibition of wood-burning ban a 'slap in the face'

By signing a bill that prohibits an all-out ban on wood burning, clean air advocates say Gov. Gary Herbert has thrown the Utah Division of Air Quality "under the bus." Read more »

April 1, 2015

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Utah educators skeptical of civics test requirement

Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday signed a bill into law that will require Utah students to pass a citizenship naturalization test before receiving a high school diploma. Read more »

March 31, 2015

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What's next for State School Board elections?

The baton for changing how Utah selects its State School Board is back in the hands of a federal judge. Read more »

March 23, 2015

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Legislative session wraps up with $510 million in new money for schools

It's a year of increase for education, with about $510 million in new money going to public schools. Lawmakers also approved a $75 million tax increase and bills to further technology use, improve... Read more »

March 13, 2015

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Lawmakers pass 'right to try' legislation, not medical cannabis, death with dignity bills

Utah lawmakers gave terminally ill Utahns the "right to try" investigational drugs but rejected a medical cannabis measure and called for more study on a "death with dignity" proposal. Read more »

March 13, 2015

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Count My Vote compromise survives series of challenges

State lawmakers considered a handful of bills that would have delayed, undone or altered the 2014 Count My Vote initiative, but none of them lasted through the end of the 2015 Legislature. Read more »

March 13, 2015

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Legislature shuts down bill to name golden retriever state animal

Despite the work of a fourth-grade elementary class, the Utah Legislature rejected a bill that would designate the golden retriever as the official state domestic animal. Read more »

March 12, 2015

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Legislature approves expansion of death benefits to families of fallen officers

The Utah Legislature unanimously passed a bill Thursday night to expand death benefits to families of peace officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty. Read more »

March 12, 2015

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