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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.

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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Lawmaker will attempt to revive bill on interstate compact among state father registries

A state senator will attempt to revive a bill intended to launch an interstate compact to share putative father registries. The bill was killed by a House committee Friday after readily passing the Senate earlier in the legislative... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Student winners recognized at Capitol for idle-free project

Posters, videos and bumper stickers were chosen as winners of the Students Who Care About Air Clean Air Anti-Idling competition. The masterminds behind the 19 winning projects were honored at the... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Utah employers who hire homeless may qualify for tax credit

The Utah House narrowly passed a bill Monday that would establish tax credits for employers who hire homeless people. HB140, sponsored by Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, passed on a 38-36 vote. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Bill seeks to clarify law for carrying firearms in public

A person openly carrying a gun without criminal intent would not be grounds for a disorderly conduct charge under a bill the Utah House passed Monday. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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Clean energy shines at Utah Legislature

Wind and solar power, as well as electric cars, were featured Monday as part of the first Clean Energy Business Day at the state Capitol. An exhibit featured Utah projects, as well as leading solar... Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House passes bill blocking schools from asking about gun ownership

The Utah House passed a bill Monday to ban schools from asking students if their parents or guardians are gun owners. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House gives go-ahead to prepare Utah for first U.S. presidential primary in 2016

A bill giving the state the go-ahead to prepare to hold the nation's first presidential primary in 2016 was approved Monday by the House. Read more »

March 10, 2014

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House won't consider Senate's partial Medicaid expansion plan

The Utah Senate passed a partial Medicaid expansion plan Monday that also gives Gov. Gary Herbert the ability to seek a federal block grant to pay for the proposal he rolled out last month. But GOP... 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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