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Brian Grimmett

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

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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.

View From the Gallery - Week 6

Mar 6, 2015

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 .

View From the Gallery - Week 5

Feb 27, 2015

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.

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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. 

View From the Gallery - Week 4

Feb 20, 2015

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.

View From the Gallery - Week 3

Feb 13, 2015

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

Sexual Consent Bill Passes House With No Debate

Feb 10, 2015
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The Utah House voted unanimously to pass HB74 Tuesday. The bill clarifies the meaning of consent in sexual offense cases.

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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.

View From the Gallery - Week 2

Feb 6, 2015

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 View From the Gallery - Week 1

Jan 30, 2015

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.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

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.

Lockhart Funeral Spotlights Her Role as Mother, Wife

Jan 23, 2015
Brian Grimmett

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

Pool: Deseret News

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.

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

Utah's Tax Burden Lowest in 20 Years

Jan 14, 2015
Chris Collard
Brian Grimmett

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

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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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The Utah Republican Party released a poll over the weekend that shows a majority of voters favor a legal challenge to SB54. That’s the bill approved by the legislature and signed into law last year that will modify the state’s system for nominating political candidates. 

Esther Landa Dies, Leaves Feminist Legacy in Utah

Dec 30, 2014
NCJW Utah Section

Prominent Utah women’s rights advocate Esther Landa has died at the age of 102, but her legacy lives on in those she inspired.

Utah AG Sean Reyes Recuses Himself From Defending SB54

Dec 22, 2014
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has recused himself from being involved with the state’s defense of SB54.

SB54 makes changes to Utah election law and allows candidates to bypass the caucus/convention system and appear on a primary ballot by gathering signatures from registered voters. The Utah Republican Party is suing the state over those changes because they say that it’s unconstitutional for a state to dictate to a party how they choose candidates.

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Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Himonas will take the place of Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald Nehring who is retiring on February 1st.

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The Utah Republican Party is now saying that they don’t have enough time to make the changes called for in the County My Vote compromise legislation, known as SB54.

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says SB54 does not give his party long enough to change its bylaws and constitution to fit the new definition of a qualified political party.

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