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The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state.

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The Utah Senate has defeated a bill that would have defined Hate Crimes and possible punishments for them.

Utah Senate Votes In Favor Of Ending Death Penalty

Mar 1, 2016
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A bill doing away with the Death Penalty in Utah has cleared its first hurdle in the Utah Senate.

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Republican Ken Ivory represents South Jordan in the Utah House, and he’s known for long and lofty speeches about how he thinks the federal government’s gone rogue. He’s revived a measure from last year that urges the states to get together to fix the U.S. Constitution. And, while it passed the House, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would require recipients of welfare to complete a 2-hour long self-reliance class.

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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill changing Utah’s hate crime laws.

View From the Gallery: Week 5

Feb 26, 2016

Week five of the 2016 Utah legislative session is over, and the mad dash to the end has finally begun. KUER’s Brian Grimmett reports on the latest in this week’s View From the Gallery.

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Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, says capital punishment makes sense in theory, but its true costs are prompting him to question whether the state should continue executing criminals. His Senate Bill 189 would abolish the death penalty for future capital cases.

Utah Senate Wants Congress to Repeal 17th Amendment

Feb 24, 2016
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Senate has approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.

A Senate panel was poised Tuesday to begin discussing abolishing the death penalty in Utah.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, SB 189, would eliminate the punishment after nine convicts currently on Utah’s Death Row are executed.

Jean Hill, who represents the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, says she doesn’t expect the legislation to pass this year but hopes it’s the beginning of a conversation.

Democratic state lawmakers fought unsuccessfully Tuesday to block a bill that would reorganize key legislative committees and amount to what they call a power grab.

Budget analysts have given the Utah Legislature updated estimates for how much money the state is bringing in.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other governors met with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House.

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz had very few nice things to say about the federal government in his speech to the Utah legislature today.

View From The Gallery: Week 4

Feb 19, 2016

Week four marks the half way point of the Utah Legislative session, but lawmakers seem to be stuck on repeat.

Anti-SB54 Effort Fails in Utah House

Feb 17, 2016

The Utah House has defeated an attempt to undo the SB54 compromise.

Lawmaker Wants to Repeal SB54 Compromise

Feb 15, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A freshman legislator in the Utah House of Representatives is trying to undo the Count My Vote compromise the legislature passed two years ago. 

View From the Gallery: Week 3

Feb 12, 2016

In this week’s View From the Gallery, KUER’s Brian Grimmett discovers lawmakers aren’t that interested in passing bills.

View From the Gallery: Week 2

Feb 5, 2016

Week two of the Utah Legislature is coming to a close and lawmakers are slowly starting to get back into the swing of things.

The Utah Senate gave initial approval today to a stopgap measure that would make Utah’s State School Board election process legal. A judge ruled in 2014 that the process was unconstitutional.

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The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would help protect pregnant and nursing women in the workplace.

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Congresswoman Mia Love spent time at the Utah State Capitol on Friday touting her accomplishments during her first year in office.

View From The Gallery: Week 1

Jan 29, 2016

The 2016 Utah Legislative session has begun and while week one saw little work on actual bills, it did see an overabundance of speeches. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the full recap in this Week’s View From the Gallery.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

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The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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Governor Gary Herbert weighed in on several topics expected to be debated during the upcoming legislative session during his monthly news conference on KUED.

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Democratic members of the Utah House of Representatives laid out what they hope to accomplish during the 2016 legislative session at a press conference Wednesdayat the state capitol.

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Several candidates running for state offices in 2016 have begun gathering signatures in an effort to get on their party’s primary election ballot. But the process is far from settled as the Utah Republican Party has filed yet another lawsuit in federal court challenging the law that allows the alternative petition route.

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A Utah Republican Senator is working on a bill to back out of a deal that would allow Salt Lake City to increase the sales tax. The agreement was a consolation for the city in which the new prison would be relocated.

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Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.