Utah Legislature

Hundreds of new state laws go into effect Tuesday

Most of the bills that Utah legislators passed during their legislative session this year go into effect Tuesday. Under Utah's constitution, new laws go into effect 60 days after the legislative... Read more »

May 13, 2014


Fight over Count My Vote may not be over yet

A legal team is being assembled to help defend the new alternative to the caucus and convention system political parties use to nominate candidates, the chairman of the Count My Vote initiative... Read more »

May 12, 2014


Utah leaders offer mixed reaction on prayer in public square

Local leaders react to a Supreme Court of the United States ruling that allows religion-specific prayers in government meetings, as long as a good-faith effort is made to include all groups. Read more »

May 5, 2014


Environmental law comes under fire after federal audit

A new report by the Government Accountability Office has the oil and gas industry as well as politicians such as Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah decrying the federal environmental review process. A... Read more »

April 15, 2014

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State lawmakers won't override Gov. Herbert vetoes

State lawmakers won't override any of the three bills Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed from the most recent legislative session. Read more »

April 14, 2014


Utah same-sex marriage debate shifts to appeals court Thursday

Utah will take center stage in the national debate on marriage Thursday when attorneys for the state and three gay and lesbian couples argue their opposing beliefs before a federal appeals court. Read more »

April 7, 2014


Will Utah Democrats' focus shift to 'bread-and-butter' issues?

Already hard-hit by the decision of the state's only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Jim Matheson, not to seek re-election, the Utah Democratic Party also is looking for a new chairman — and a new... Read more »

April 6, 2014


Corroon, Davis running for state Democratic Party chairman

Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and former Utah County Democratic Party Chairman Richard Davis both said Friday they are running for the Utah Democratic Party chairmanship. Read more »

April 4, 2014


Gov. Herbert vetoes 3 bills, including 1 stemming from Swallow investigation

Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed three bills Wednesday, including one of the pieces of legislation stemming from the investigation into former Attorney General John Swallow. Read more »

April 2, 2014


Will Utah play a more prominent role in 2016 presidential primary?

There's still a push for Utah to play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential primary race, even though a bill to make the state's election the first in the nation stalled in this year's Legislature. Read more »

March 29, 2014


Student-advocated state tree bill signed into law

The quaking aspen was signed into law as Utah's state tree on Wednesday during a ceremonial event at Monroe Elementary School. Read more »

March 26, 2014

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Utah Senate requests public comment on judicial nominee

Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Joseph M. Bean to fill a vacancy on the 2nd District Court. Read more »

March 25, 2014

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Utah PTA calls for veto of curriculum review bill

The Utah PTA sent a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday urging a veto of SB257, which would require a committee formed to review end-of-level test questions to also review complaints related... Read more »

March 20, 2014


Utah Senate leader Ralph Okerlund home from hospital after heart problem

Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund left the hospital Tuesday after experiencing heart failure last week during the legislative session. Read more »

March 19, 2014


Lawmakers say they made strides but need to look to the future

After what House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, called an "intense" 45-day legislative session, Utah lawmakers are already looking forward to what's next. Read more »

March 17, 2014

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Utah lawmakers stand pat on liquor laws

State lawmakers stood pat on liquor laws this year, though there was some talk of removing the so-called Zion Curtain in Utah restaurants. Read more »

March 15, 2014


New legislation contributes to education goals, but major reforms remain out of reach

Education officials believe the actions by lawmakers will advance the state's goals of increased grade-level proficiency and college degree completion. But major reforms remain allusive as funds... Read more »

March 15, 2014


New steps taken to break the cycle of poverty

In three years, Sen. Stuart Reid has guided an effort to address intergeneration poverty from the research stage to tapping state and federal funds for after-school instruction in math and reading... Read more »

March 15, 2014


Can House speaker be a 'real fighter' in governor's race?

House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, started the 2014 Legislature swinging, but by the end of the session she'd dropped both her signature education technology initiative and Medicaid expansion... Read more »

March 15, 2014


Parties have now finalized arguments in Amendment 3 case

Upholding a federal judge's decision to strike down Utah's marriage law would be a "judicial wrecking ball" hurtled at state sovereignty, lawyers for Utah told a federal appeals court late Friday. Read more »

March 15, 2014


E-cigarette bill vaporized when time in legislative session ran out

After 10 substitutions and multiple debates throughout the legislative session, a bill looking to regulate electronic cigarettes was extinguished late Thursday night after a "mad dash" to push it... Read more »

March 14, 2014

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Lawmakers pass bill requiring complaints by parents be reviewed, posted by State Office of Education

A bill requiring a parent review committee to field complaints on curriculum was narrowly approved by lawmakers in the final minutes of the 2014 legislative session. Read more »

March 14, 2014


House approves distracted driving bill

The House voted 41-28 late Thursday night to pass a bill restricting cellphone use while driving. Read more »

March 13, 2014


Lawmakers take significant strides on air quality

Lawmakers took key steps on improving Utah's air quality by creating new programs, funding local research and providing tax-based incentives for clean cars. They directed more than $3 million in... Read more »

March 13, 2014


Gov. Herbert calls 2014 Legislature a success

Gov. Gary Herbert spent the last night of the 2014 Legislature Thursday celebrating his success in getting nearly all of his $13.3 billion passed —without a controversial and costly... Read more »

March 13, 2014


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