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Lawmaker wants year-end tests thrown out of teacher evaluations

Two bills would remove student performance on SAGE as an indicator in teacher evaluations.

Bill slackens state public records restrictions

The Utah Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would encourage greater government transparency by relaxing some of the state’s records laws. Read more »

March 12, 2015

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Gov. Gary Herbert signs 'remarkable' anti-bias, religious rights bill

A historic anti-discrimination and religious rights compromise and a monumental stalemate over Medicaid expansion will bring down the curtain late Thursday on the 2015 Utah Legislature. Read more »

March 12, 2015

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No deal this session on Healthy Utah

There was no deal on Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion in the 2015 Legislature, but the governor promised Thursday he and legislative leaders will come up with a... Read more »

March 12, 2015

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Bill removing statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases passes Legislature

The Utah Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the statute of limitations for lawsuits against perpetrators of child sexual abuse. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Senate swaps nonpartisan State School Board bill with partisan substitute

Legislation that came to the Senate on Wednesday as a bill to make State School Board elections nonpartisan left as one effectively identical to its competitor, a bill calling for partisan elections. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Bills to improve school safety await governor's signature

The Legislature passed two bills Wednesday that seek to improve safety for students in the classroom. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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House approves $75M property tax increase to equalize school funding

The House on Wednesday approved a bill that would generate $75 million in revenue by increasing Utah's basic property tax rate to equalize funding for schools. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Lawmakers advance bills to clarify parental rights in education

Lawmakers advanced two bills Wednesday that lawmakers say will strengthen parental rights in the education of their children. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Legislature clarifies prostitution laws

The Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would clarify that a person is guilty of prostitution when not only engaging in sexual activity with another for money, but also for trade of goods. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Utah Legislature passes two 'historic' anti-bias, religious rights bills

In what many called a historic moment, the Utah Legislature passed two bills late Wednesday dealing with religious freedom and protections against discrimination of LGBT Utahns in housing and... Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Bill to make game fowl fighting a felony clears Legislature

A bill to make cockfighting a felony in Utah passed the Utah Legislature on Wednesday. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Senate gives preliminary approval to salary raises for some teachers

The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill Tuesday that would provide salary increases for some math, science, computer and special education teachers. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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Healthy Utah deal in the works

There's a deal in the works in the ongoing back-and-forth between the House and the Senate over Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion. Read more »

March 11, 2015

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House passes resolution calling for Utah workers to build new prison

The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday to encourage the employment of Utah workers to build the new state prison. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Legislature passes bill allowing police to stop motorists not wearing seat belts

Police could pull over motorists and issue warnings for not wearing seat belts under a bill the Utah Legislature has approved. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill to ban fixed contact lens prices passes House

A bill that would restrict contact lens manufacturers or distributors from fixing their prices passed the Utah House of Representatives on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Senate approves bill to equalize property tax for school capital funding

Some school districts may be required to contribute more than $500,000 in additional property tax revenues to support capital funding for schools. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Additional math requirements for high schoolers get House approval

A move to better prepare high schoolers for college-level math passed the House on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill to legalize firing squad executions passes Legislature

Bullets could replace needles for executions in Utah under a bill passed by the state Legislature. HB11 would legalize firing squad executions in the state if drugs needed for lethal injections... Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Alta High School student spearheads new civic engagement group

A student group founded at Alta High School met at the Capitol Tuesday to learn how to make their voices heard at the Legislature. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Student crisis line bill goes to House floor

Legislators, who unanimously approved SB175 on Tuesday, hope to permanently implement a student crisis line that began as a pilot program last year. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Governor 'not satisfied' with proposed increase to school funding

Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday said he's not satisfied with the increase to education funding legislators have settled on in a budget proposal. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Utah House panel endorses anti-bias, religious rights bill

A House panel endorsed a bill Tuesday that combines religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns from discrimination. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Photos: Time running out on 2015 Utah Legislature

With the 2015 Utah Legislature set to end at midnight Thursday, Tuesday was expected to be the final day bills can be considered by a committee. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Bill would make parent opt-in requirement for sex education

Utah schools require parents to opt their children into sex education classes before they can participate. But lawmakers want the rule to become state law. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Nonpartisan State School Board bill moves to Senate

A bill that would establish a nonpartisan process for the election of State School Board members was sent to the Senate after a unanimous recommendation by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Southern Utah STEM initiative gets OK from legislative committee

An initiative to support ongoing efforts to involve more southern Utah students in science, technology, engineering and math got unanimous support from the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Read more »

March 10, 2015

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Utah House panel delays action on anti-bias, religious rights bill

Utah House members raised lots of questions during a hearing Monday on potentially monumental legislation looking to balance nondiscrimination and religious freedom. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Advocates urge lawmakers to improve system, not just new prison

Human advocate groups assembled Monday to urge lawmakers to remember the state’s most vulnerable citizens and what needs to be done to improve Utah's correctional system rather than continue... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Got gun? Senate passes bill saying you don't need a permit

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Bill banning powdered alcohol clears full House

The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would outlaw powdered alcohol mixes. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House passes bill to regulate e-cigarettes onto Senate

The Utah House passed a bill Friday that would tighten regulations on e-cigarette products, including measures to ensure the contents of the cigarettes’ liquids do not stray from what is printed on their labels. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Lawmakers scuffle over bills to tighten police body camera, surveillance rules

A House committee pulled back on the progress of two bills Monday that would place new requirements on law enforcement regarding body cameras and surveillance technology. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House narrowly passes fix to Count My Vote compromise

The House narrowly passed a bill Monday that would allow political parties to pick a primary winner in cases where no candidate gets more than 40 percent of the vote. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House plays keep-away from Senate with Healthy Utah alternative

The wrangling over Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative for Medicaid expansion continued Monday, with House leaders apparently trying to avoid a Senate hearing on their scaled-down version... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Utah Senate narrowly defeats medical marijuana bill

Utah's dance with medical marijuana ended Monday, at least for now. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Educators rally expressing dissatisfaction with proposed funding for schools

In the three days that remain of the legislative session, educators hope lawmakers will boost classroom dollars through a 6.25 percent increase to the weighted pupil unit, or WPU, an... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House approves bill naming portion of I-15 after late speaker, Becky Lockhart

A bill naming a portion of I-15 for the late House speaker, Becky Lockhart, was approved unanimously Monday by the House. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House passes bill to outlaw tattoos for minors under 14

The full House passed a bill Monday that would prohibit the tattooing of minors younger than age 14, with or without parent permission. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Off the table for now in Utah, wood smoke regulations fuel fights elsewhere in U.S.

Several states are fighting back over new EPA regulations aimed at wood stoves. In Utah, the smoke has not even begun to clear over a proposed ban on seasonal residential wood burning. An... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Higher ed performance funding bill gets unanimous Senate approval

Utah lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Monday that would link new money for higher education to each institution's performance in metrics focused on student success. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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House, Senate pass competing bills to raise Utah gas tax

State lawmakers passed competing proposals to raise Utah's gas tax Monday. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Lawmakers, educators consider consequences of opting children out of testing

Lawmakers recommended a bill Monday to clarify parents' right to opt their children out of statewide tests in school, but educators worry how assessment scores and school funding could be affected... Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Committee recommends partisan State School Board bill for House debate

Lawmakers took another step Monday toward deciding on a method to select members of the Utah State Board of Education. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Utah House panel endorses bill banning powdered alcohol

State lawmakers took the first step toward outlawing powdered alcohol mixes Monday. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Groups split over bill letting state workers opt out of performing gay marriages

Advocacy groups say a new bill that would let government workers opt out of performing gay marriages undermines compromise legislation that aims to balance nondiscrimination and religious freedom. Read more »

March 7, 2015

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Utah Senate passes anti-bias, religious freedom bill

The state Senate approved a bill Friday that seeks to balance religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns aganst discrimination in the workplace and housing. Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Panel OKs bill allowing divorcing parents online option for mandatory course

State law may soon provide more flexibility for Utah parents who are filing for divorce and are required to complete a mandatory divorce course. Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Bill requiring full Legislature to vote on new prison site passes committee

A bill requiring the full Legislature to vote on the site of a new state prison and creating a new commission to oversee the move that includes the executive branch was approved Friday by a House... Read more »

March 6, 2015

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House committee rejects class size reduction bill

Concerns over accountability, funding calculations and apparent complacency with allocated funds prompted the House Education Committee to reject a bill to increase school funding to reduce class... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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