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Lawmakers, business leaders back bill requiring civics test

Two Utah lawmakers announced Wednesday they will sponsor a Utah Civics Education Initiative bill.

House passes bill setting up prison relocation commission

The House passed a bill Wednesday creating a new commission to recommend where the Utah State Prison in Draper should be moved. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Bill requires health plans for children on autism spectrum

Children ages 2 to 9 who have autism spectrum disorders would be covered by health benefit plans beginning Jan. 1, 2016, under a bill approved Wednesday night by the House. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Senate approves bill to fund preschool with private dollars

The Utah Senate voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that creates a public-private partnership to provide high-quality preschool to low-income and at-risk children. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Family of slain Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride visits Capitol

Cory Wride's family and colleagues visited the Capitol on Wednesday as the Legislature honored the Utah County sheriff's sergeant killed in the line of duty earlier this year. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Convention hotel bill passes Utah Legislature

A bill that would provide performance-based sales tax rebates to the developer of a convention hotel in Salt Lake City passed both houses of the Utah Legislature on Wednesday. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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House passes bill in response to revealing audit of USTAR

In response to a revealing audit of USTAR last year, the House and Senate have passed a bill that would set certain requirements for the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative governing... Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund 'doing well' after being rushed to hospital

Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, was "stable and doing well" after leaving the Capitol on a stretcher Wednesday afternoon, according to statement from the lawmaker's family. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Utah lawmakers add $168 million to public education budget

Members of the Utah House gave final approval on Wednesday to budget amendments that add $168 million in additional funding to Utah's public schools. Read more »

March 12, 2014

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Hatch, Lee call on federal government to repay cost of opening Utah parks during shutdown

Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are asking the federal government to reimburse Utah for paying to reopen national parks during last year's partial government shutdown. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Gov. Herbert: I'm an 'action figure' on Medicaid expansion issue

Gov. Gary Herbert made it clear Tuesday he's not waiting around for lawmakers to make a decision about Medicaid expansion, announcing he's sending staff to Washington, D.C., next week to start... Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill allowing hemp oil use for seizure treatment passes Senate

Utahns with epilepsy are on the home stretch for being allowed to use non-intoxicating hemp oil extract from marijuana plants to treat seizures. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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House passes bill giving greater autonomy to home-school families

The Utah House on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill that excludes home-schooled children from statewide education requirements. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill requiring revenue equity for school district splits fails in Senate

The Utah Senate voted down a bill Tuesday that would require city leaders to demonstrate revenue equity before initiating a school district split. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Utah Legislature in the final stretch

With just two days remaining for the 2014 Utah Legislature, lawmakers, lobbyists and other members of the public were hard at work conducting the state's business at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill requires better communication with sexual assault victims about cases

Victims of sexual assault may soon receive improved communication from law enforcement about their cases. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Cedar City doctor sues state senator over stock sale

A Cedar City doctor says in a lawsuit that a state senator bought his stock in a medical devices company last fall knowing it would be worth much more when the business sold a few months later. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Senators share personal stories of abuse during debate of bill

Members of the Utah Senate voted on Tuesday to advance a bill that would provide public school students with instruction on child sexual abuse prevention. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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Bill looking to set campaign contribution limits fails in House after close vote

Candidates running for state office will still be allowed to take campaign contributions of any size, after legislation to set limits was killed in the House Monday night with a 35-38 vote. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House passes bill allowing State School Board to sanction districts for accepting federal funds

The Utah House voted Monday in favor of a bill that allows the State School Board to restrict the state funding of a local school district that receives unapproved grants from the federal government. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Count My Vote halts initiative drive after governor signs deal

After Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill Monday spelling out a deal between lawmakers and backers of Count My Vote, the group announced an end to the initiative petition drive to change the state's... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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No money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology plan in budget

There is no money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology initiative in the budget deal worked out over the weekend with Senate leaders that moved forward Monday in the Legislature. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Utah Supreme Court hears hotly contested water war on oil sands development

An hourslong hearing was held before the Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to determine the judicial validity of a state decision to an oil sands mine in eastern Utah. Critics of that decision... Read more »

March 4, 2014

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