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A federal judge has denied an injunction against the controversial election reform law known as SB54.

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Former Republican State Representative Carl Wimmer says tension often exists between Utah lawmakers’ political ideologies and their affiliation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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It’s official, President Obama is finally coming to Utah. He’s expected to fly into Hill Air Force Base where he will give a speech on the economy. Utah is only one of two states that Mr. Obama has not yet visited as president. 

Women planning to run for political office in Utah have an opportunity to get some spring training Saturday. The organization Real Women Run is offering a day of workshops for those working on their campaigns. The training comes at a time when the number of elected female leaders in the state is dwindling.

The legislature ended at midnight last night, and less than 6 hours later I’m on the road to get out of the state as quickly as possible. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.

To recap the session, here’s a quick list of what the legislature did…and didn’t do.

The Utah Republican Party’s attempts to delay the County My Vote compromise did not survive the legislative session.

Brian Grimmett

For a bill to become law the Senate, the House, and the Governor all have to give their approval. But even with a Republican super-majority in the Utah legislature, that process often encounters obstacles.

Week six was the most eventful of the legislature thus far, but somehow much of the hotly contested bills still have a ways to go before reaching the Governor’s desk.

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Social service groups are calling on Utah lawmakers to rethink earmarks. They are taking their case to the Capitol as the Legislature’s budget-makers write up their priority list for unfunded projects in the coming week .

It only took 5 weeks, but the legislature has turned it up to 11 and has started to move through some important legislation at break neck speeds.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Senate defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have delayed the implementation of the Count My Vote Compromise.

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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot that would affirm the right of political parties to establish their own election process.

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Utah lawmakers in a Senate Education Committee voted Friday to support a constitutional amendment that would make state school board elections unnecessary. 

Believe it or not, but we’ve made it past the half way mark of the 2015 legislative session. That means the real work can finally begin.

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  House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Friday to expand the state’s authority to use firing squads for executions.

It’s the end of week three and we’re basically in the same spot we were at the end of week two.

The Utah House voted unanimously to pass HB74 Tuesday. The bill clarifies the meaning of consent in sexual offense cases.

Brian Grimmett

A legislative committee has voted in favor of two pieces of legislation that would impact the implementation of the so-called Count My Vote compromise made last year.

The second week of the Utah Legislature is now in the books, and while it wasn’t as eventful as the first week, it definitely had its moments.

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A bill passed the Utah House today that would restrict political candidates from accepting anonymous campaign donations. 

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The legislature will be considering several air quality bills this session, including a newly proposed bill that would turn some of the states current wood burning restrictions into law.

The 2015 Legislative session has finally arrived, and it’s already looking like there will be plenty to battle over in the next 45 days.

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In the wake of the death of former Utah House speaker Rebecca Lockhart, new speaker Greg Hughes was sworn in today and laid out his agenda for the legislative session.

Brian Grimmett

Utah State Lawmakers will be working through a long list of pressing issues in the next 45 days of the 2015 legislative session including Medicaid expansion, the relocation of the state prison and a state-wide anti-discrimination bill.

Brian Grimmett

The family of former Speaker of the Utah House Rebecca Lockhart said their final goodbyes Friday at a funeral held in Provo.

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Hundreds of people gathered in the State Capitol Thursday to remember the life of Former Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

Brian Grimmett

Former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Rebecca Lockhart died Saturday morning from a rare neurodegenerative brain disease.

Brian Grimmett

State Representative Brian King will be running a bill to put limits on campaign donations during the upcoming legislative session.

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A new report from the Utah Foundation shows that the tax burden on Utahns is the lowest it’s been in 20 years.

Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Legislature discussed how they might handle several key issues they’ll be facing this legislative session at the annual pre legislative conference put on by the Utah Taxpayers Association.

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