Utah Legislature http://kuer.org en Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules http://kuer.org/post/skeptical-reception-bill-allow-stricter-state-air-quality-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A member of the Utah legislature is trying again to change the law that keeps the state of Utah from imposing stricter environmental rules than the federal government.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican Representative Becky Edwards of North Salt Lake had a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0121.html">similar bill in the last general session</a>.&nbsp; It passed the House, but it was defeated in the state Senate, in part because of opposition from industry.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:07:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 49374 at http://kuer.org Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules Interim Committee Will Look at Stricter State Air Quality Regulations http://kuer.org/post/interim-committee-will-look-stricter-state-air-quality-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s current law prohibits state regulators from imposing any air quality regulations stricter than federal requirements. A bill that would change that will be up for discussion in a legislative committee this week.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:00:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 49249 at http://kuer.org Interim Committee Will Look at Stricter State Air Quality Regulations Should Utah Abandon Daylight Saving Time? http://kuer.org/post/should-utah-abandon-daylight-saving-time <p>The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, is <a href="http://business.utah.gov/time" target="_blank">collecting data</a> about how Utahns feel about Daylight Saving Time.</p><p>More than 30 people gathered at the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City to voice their opinion about Daylight Saving Time.&nbsp; A majority of those attending said they’d prefer to move to standard time year round like Arizona. Many who made comments expressed similar ideas to those of Provo resident Ed Bernsen.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:15:50 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49080 at http://kuer.org Should Utah Abandon Daylight Saving Time? Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment http://kuer.org/post/primary-childrens-hospital-study-cannabis-based-treatment <p>Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is on the verge of becoming one of a few sites in the country to study the effectiveness of cannabis based product intended to treat epilepsy in children.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:09:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48649 at http://kuer.org Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative http://kuer.org/post/herbert-delay-hasnt-hurt-medicaid-alternative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Gary Herbert says he doesn’t think Utah’s long delay in coming up with an alternative to expanding Medicaid has hurt the prospect of a successful program.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Dan Bammes 44011 at http://kuer.org Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative Air Quality Advocates Grade Lawmakers http://kuer.org/post/air-quality-advocates-grade-lawmakers <p>Clean air advocates released their grades for Utah lawmakers Tuesday. Compared to past legislative sessions, lawmakers showed improvement, but advocates say there is still a lot of work to be done.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:55:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43580 at http://kuer.org Air Quality Advocates Grade Lawmakers 2014 Utah Legislature Comes to a Close http://kuer.org/post/2014-utah-legislature-comes-close <p>As the 2014 session of the Utah Legislature comes to a close we're putting together an ongoing list of the best sights, sounds, stories, and tweets from the last day. Be sure to check back frequently to see the lastest.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:35:05 +0000 KUER News 43360 at http://kuer.org 2014 Utah Legislature Comes to a Close Utah Legislature Rushes Through Final Day http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislature-rushes-through-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the last day of Utah’s general legislative session.&nbsp; State senators and representatives will be working ‘till midnight to get as many bills passed as they can.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:13:27 +0000 Dan Bammes 43353 at http://kuer.org Utah Legislature Rushes Through Final Day Sex Abuse Education Bill Passes Legislature http://kuer.org/post/sex-abuse-education-bill-passes-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0286.html">House Bill 286</a> passed a final vote in the Utah House of Representatives 71-0 on Wednesday, after an amendment in the Senate required it to come back one last time. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:52:13 +0000 Dan Bammes 43302 at http://kuer.org Sex Abuse Education Bill Passes Legislature Legislative Humor: #InternPickUpLines http://kuer.org/post/legislative-humor-internpickuplines <p>The normal place to find Utah political chatter on Twitter is #utpol, but on Tuesday morning the hashtag InternPickUpLines exploded with humor and wit perfect for the last few days of the Utah legislature. Here is a selection of the very best.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:24:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43211 at http://kuer.org Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/senate-passes-partial-medicaid-expansion <p>The Utah Senate has approved a plan to partially expand Utah’s Medicaid program, but not before amending it to make it more compatible with Governor Gary Herbert’s expansion proposal.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:22:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43178 at http://kuer.org Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion Compromise Announced on Count My Vote http://kuer.org/post/compromise-announced-count-my-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/">Count My Vote</a> ballot initiative appeared with legislative leaders at a rare Sunday news conference to announce a compromise on the effort to replace Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating political candidates.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:59:47 +0000 Dan Bammes 42831 at http://kuer.org Compromise Announced on Count My Vote Legislature Will Have a Modest Budget Surplus http://kuer.org/post/legislature-will-have-modest-budget-surplus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Final revenue projections for the legislative session show the state will have a little more money in the coming year.&nbsp; For some legislators, though, the numbers were a disappointment.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:25:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 42784 at http://kuer.org Legislature Will Have a Modest Budget Surplus Public Lands, PILT Funding on Congressman Bishop's Agenda for Legislature http://kuer.org/post/public-lands-pilt-funding-congressman-bishops-agenda-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District Congressman is hoping he can claim a key committee chairmanship that would give Utah a significant advantage in Congress.&nbsp; That was one of the messages Republican Rob Bishop brought to the Utah legislature today.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:37:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 42482 at http://kuer.org Public Lands, PILT Funding on Congressman Bishop's Agenda for Legislature Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative http://kuer.org/post/governor-urges-caution-bill-counter-ballot-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s governor says the legislature should be cautious about interfering with a citizen initiative on how candidates for public office are nominated. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:05:28 +0000 Dan Bammes 42370 at http://kuer.org Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative Legislative Committee Defeats Bill to Keep Medical Incinerators Away From Homes http://kuer.org/post/legislative-committee-defeats-bill-keep-medical-incinerators-away-homes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Utah Senate committee voted down a bill Friday that would have kept medical incinerators at least five miles away from homes.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0064.html">Senate Bill 64</a> would have increased fines for air quality violations by medical waste incinerators, increased the length of time allowed for investigating violations and&nbsp; imposed a five-mile buffer between homes and any medical waste incinerator in the state.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:10:02 +0000 Dan Bammes 42184 at http://kuer.org Legislative Committee Defeats Bill to Keep Medical Incinerators Away From Homes Bill Would Increase Fees on Clean Vehicles http://kuer.org/post/bill-would-increase-fees-clean-vehicles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Electric cars, hybrid cars and vehicles powered by natural gas would pay dramatically higher registration fees under a bill in the Utah State Senate.&nbsp; Republican Senator Wayne Harper of West Jordan says vehicles that don’t use gasoline or diesel fuel need to pay their fair share to maintain Utah’s roads.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:18:40 +0000 Dan Bammes 41953 at http://kuer.org Bill Would Increase Fees on Clean Vehicles Report Shows Lower Rate of Alcohol Abuse Problems in Utah http://kuer.org/post/report-shows-lower-rate-alcohol-abuse-problems-utah <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A <a href="http://www.utahreps.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/updated-AATC-FIRST-ANNUAL-REPORT-2-4-20141.pdf">report done for the Utah legislature</a> shows the social problems associated with alcohol are decreasing.&nbsp; But the legislator behind the report says it would be hard to justify changes in Utah’s liquor laws based just on the report’s findings.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:22:03 +0000 Dan Bammes 41864 at http://kuer.org Report Shows Lower Rate of Alcohol Abuse Problems in Utah Bill Requiring Cleaner State Fleet Moves Ahead http://kuer.org/post/bill-requiring-cleaner-state-fleet-moves-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that requires the state to use high-efficiency, low-polluting vehicles in its own fleet got strong support in the Utah State Senate this morning.</span></p><p>Senate Bill 99 originally required the state to use compressed natural gas vehicles for half its fleet by 2018.&nbsp; But Republican Senator Scott Jenkins changed it to allow vehicles that use low-sulfur Tier 3 gasoline.&nbsp; Jenkins says the people who run the state motor pool say it would accomplish the same goal for a lot less money.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:38:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 41752 at http://kuer.org Bill Requiring Cleaner State Fleet Moves Ahead Students Lobby for a New State Tree http://kuer.org/post/students-lobby-new-state-tree <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A group of concerned school kids made their way to the Utah State Capitol Tuesday to ask lawmakers to change one of the state’s symbols.&nbsp;</p><p>Fourth-grade lobbyists say Utah needs a new state tree. &nbsp;Members of Mrs. Blomquist’s class from Monroe Elementary in Sevier County pressed their case at the Capitol. Nine of the students told senators why the Colorado blue spruce should make way for the quaking aspen.</p><p>“The quaking aspen is self-pruning,” said Neomi Avery, “They take care of themselves just like Utah citizens.”</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:28:36 +0000 Judy Fahys 41708 at http://kuer.org Students Lobby for a New State Tree Utah House Speaker Challenges Governor Herbert http://kuer.org/post/utah-house-speaker-challenges-governor-herbert <p></p><p>The Utah House of Representatives opened this year’s legislative session with some bold remarks from Republican Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, challenging Governor Gary Herbert.</p><p>Just like speeches from years’ past, Speaker Lockhart railed against the over-reach of the federal government, and insisted that Utah resist. But this time, she targeted Governor Herbert who has recently said that he favors some limited expansion of Medicaid in the state.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:01:39 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41346 at http://kuer.org Utah House Speaker Challenges Governor Herbert Lawmakers Unveil Air Quality Bills http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-unveil-air-quality-bills <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bipartisan caucus of Utah House members has unveiled a package of air-pollution bills. They say the proposals will Utah’s air easier to breathe. The measures include incentives for consumers to buy cleaner snow-blowers and weed whackers. There is one bill that would ban medical waste incinerators in the state. Another proposal would allow the state to authorize environmental regulations that are more rigorous than federal laws.</span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:40:25 +0000 Judy Fahys 41131 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Unveil Air Quality Bills LDS Church Says No Change Needed in Utah Liquor Laws http://kuer.org/post/lds-church-says-no-change-needed-utah-liquor-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Utah’s liquor laws are just fine the way they are.&nbsp; But that may not stop further attempts to change them during the upcoming legislative session.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:41:44 +0000 Dan Bammes 41127 at http://kuer.org LDS Church Says No Change Needed in Utah Liquor Laws State Funding For Catching Carp in Utah Lake? http://kuer.org/post/state-funding-catching-carp-utah-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="http://utahlake.gov/">Utah Lake Commission</a> is asking the legislature for 7-point-5 million dollars to help reduce the number of carp in Utah Lake.&nbsp; A legislator from Lehi thinks that’s a great idea, and he’s hoping they can find the money during the general session that starts next week.</p><p>The Commission has been paying a commercial fishing business to take tons of carp out of the lake, hoping to reverse the environmental damage the fish have caused over the past century.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:37:27 +0000 Dan Bammes 41072 at http://kuer.org State Funding For Catching Carp in Utah Lake? Are Utah's Rules for Emissions Inspections on Old Cars Fair? http://kuer.org/post/are-utahs-rules-emissions-inspections-old-cars-fair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Newer cars are a lot cleaner than older cars, but a member of the Utah Senate would like to make sure the rules for inspecting those older vehicles are being applied fairly.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:19:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 41035 at http://kuer.org Are Utah's Rules for Emissions Inspections on Old Cars Fair? Utah Lawmakers to Consider Gas Tax Hike http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-consider-gas-tax-hike <p></p><p>A Republican state representative is proposing a gas tax increase this year. The Utah legislature has not passed a fuel tax increase in more than 15 years, but Representative <a href="http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=NIELSJ">Jim Nielson</a> of Bountiful argues the roads need funding, and those who use them should be the ones who pay. Republicans as a rule don’t like to do be associated with tax increases, but Nielson insists raising taxes on gasoline is a conservative idea.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:02:48 +0000 Andrea Smardon 40760 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers to Consider Gas Tax Hike Utah Lake Commission Hopes to Speed Up Carp Removal http://kuer.org/post/utah-lake-commission-hopes-speed-carp-removal <p>The Utah Lake Commission thinks it can finish the job of reducing the carp in the lake if it can get some help from the Utah legislature.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For years, the <a href="http://utahlake.gov/">Utah Lake Commission</a> has been paying a commercial fisherman to remove thousands of tons of carp from Utah Lake.&nbsp; But it’s asking for $7.5 million from the state to help reach its goal of reducing the carp population by 75%.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:59:24 +0000 Dan Bammes 40528 at http://kuer.org Utah Lake Commission Hopes to Speed Up Carp Removal Rep. Jim Nielson Won't Run for a Third Term http://kuer.org/post/rep-jim-nielson-wont-run-third-term <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Representative Jim Nielson says he won’t be running for a third term.&nbsp;</p><p>In three legislative sessions, the Republican from Bountiful earned a reputation as a conservative in a House that’s pretty conservative already.&nbsp; As he prepares for his final session, Nielson says it’s likely lawmakers will be looking at ways to address the same-sex marriage issue – perhaps by getting government entirely out of the marriage business.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 40093 at http://kuer.org Rep. Jim Nielson Won't Run for a Third Term Governor's Budget Proposal Focuses On Education http://kuer.org/post/governors-budget-proposal-focuses-education <p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert released his 2015 budget proposal today at Utah Valley University in Orem and its main focus is on increased education funding.</p><p>For the 2015 fiscal year the Governor’s office of Management and Budget projects the state will receive $338 million dollars in new money. Governor Herbert’s proposal calls for more than 75% of it to go towards education.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:16:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39093 at http://kuer.org Governor's Budget Proposal Focuses On Education Interim Committee Approves Smoking Age Increase http://kuer.org/post/interim-committee-approves-smoking-age-increase <p>A draft of a bill that would raise the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 received approval from the <a href="http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&amp;clip_id=15981" target="_blank">Health and Human Services Interim Committee</a> today.</p><p>Sponsors of the bill say that raising the age limit would help prevent younger teenagers from starting smoking. The Senate sponsor, Republican Stuart Reid, says the change would also promote better public health.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:40:24 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38508 at http://kuer.org Interim Committee Approves Smoking Age Increase