Legislature http://kuer.org en Local and State Leaders Discuss Rural Issues at State Capitol http://kuer.org/post/local-and-state-leaders-discuss-rural-issues-state-capitol <p>Local leaders and Utah lawmakers&nbsp;representing rural areas of the state&nbsp;gathered at the State Capitol today for&nbsp;the legislatures annual Rural Day&nbsp;to discuss their priorities for this year’s legislative session.</p><p>Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, who is himself a former rural legislator from Fairview, Utah, spent about a half hour talking with the group about the challenges rural areas face and some of the potential solutions.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:30:42 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41529 at http://kuer.org Local and State Leaders Discuss Rural Issues at State Capitol State Releases Controversial School Grades http://kuer.org/post/state-releases-controversial-school-grades <p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:48:20 +0000 Whittney Evans 34876 at http://kuer.org State Releases Controversial School Grades Legislative Audit Subcommittee Approves Audit of Attorney General's Office http://kuer.org/post/legislative-audit-subcommittee-approves-audit-attorney-generals-office <p>The legislative audit subcommittee gave approval to begin an audit of the Attorney Generals office, yesterday. But the process won’t begin until September.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:46:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 32133 at http://kuer.org Legislative Audit Subcommittee Approves Audit of Attorney General's Office KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-may-15-2013 <p>The West Valley City mayoral race heats up, Utah’s business mergers and acquisitions reach an all time high, and the Utah House considers its options on how to deal with the allegations surrounding the Attorney General.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92347215&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:50:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29327 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013 Valentine Won't Challenge HB 76 Veto http://kuer.org/post/valentine-wont-challenge-hb-76-veto-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah lawmakers are still in the process of deciding whether or not to override Governor Gary Herbert’s veto of House Bill 76. Some who voted for the bill have decided not to challenge the Governor.</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:44:22 +0000 Terry Gildea 27853 at http://kuer.org Valentine Won't Challenge HB 76 Veto KUER News Pod: The Legislative Wrap-up http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-legislative-wrap <p>Utah’s Zion Curtain is staying put, three air quality bills survive, and the education budget gets a shot in the arm.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83858873&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:25:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26534 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: The Legislative Wrap-up 2013 Utah Legislative Session Live Chat http://kuer.org/post/2013-utah-legislative-session-live-chat <p>Join KUER's team of reporters for a live chat from the Utah State Capitol as we track down the most important stories on the last day of the Utah State Legislature. Join in on the conversation and tell us what you think about this year's legislative session. Let us know what you think, be it &nbsp;the good, the bad, or the ugly.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:05:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26382 at http://kuer.org 2013 Utah Legislative Session Live Chat Constitutional Carry Bill Passes Legislature, Sent to Governor's Desk http://kuer.org/post/constitutional-carry-bill-passes-legislature-sent-governors-desk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">HB 76, the bill eliminating the need to get a concealed carry permit, is moving to the governor’s desk after the Senate gave it final approval today.</span></p><p>Sen. Allen Christensen, R-Ogden, is the Senate sponsor of the bill. He says he simply wants to make it easier for Utahns to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights that they already have.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:12:17 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26309 at http://kuer.org Constitutional Carry Bill Passes Legislature, Sent to Governor's Desk Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Toward Final Hurdle http://kuer.org/post/constitutional-carry-bill-moves-toward-final-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would remove the need to get a concealed carry permit for gun owners over the age of 21 is one vote away from being sent to the Governor’s desk. </span>HB76<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received preliminary approval in the Utah Senate today.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:07:16 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26266 at http://kuer.org Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Toward Final Hurdle Antidiscrimination Bill Dies Without a Senate Debate http://kuer.org/post/antidiscrimination-bill-dies-without-senate-debate <p>Republican Senator Stephen Urquhart’s LGBT antidiscrimination bill did not receive a vote on the Senate floor Monday, effectively killing it for this year’s legislative session.</p><p>By passing out of committee SB262, which would prohibit employers and landlords statewide from discriminating against homosexuals, made it further than any other similar legislation ever has. Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis co-sponsored the bill and while he says that he’s disappointed that it didn’t receive a vote in the Senate, he acknowledges that they’re moving in the right direction.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:27:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26220 at http://kuer.org Antidiscrimination Bill Dies Without a Senate Debate KUER News Pod: Friday March 8, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-march-8-2013 <p>A statewide anti-discrimination bill gets preliminary approval, Alliance for a Better Utah files a complaint about Attorney General John Swallow, and the Republican caucus releases their preliminary budget proposal.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82394717&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:22:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26107 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday March 8, 2013 Attempt to Fund Pre-School for At-Risk Children Fails in Senate http://kuer.org/post/attempt-fund-pre-school-risk-children-fails-senate <p>A controversial bill that would help create preschool programs for at-risk children failed in the Utah Senate today.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:50:22 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25934 at http://kuer.org Attempt to Fund Pre-School for At-Risk Children Fails in Senate Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Moves Out of Senate http://kuer.org/post/youth-suicide-prevention-bill-moves-out-senate <p>A bill that would require schools to notify the parents of children who are being bullied or who have threatened suicide has passed out of the Utah Senate today. Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake says <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/sbillint/SB0184S01.htm">SB184</a> is aimed at helping parents share responsibility with the schools and allow them to be more engaged in what happens with their children.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25925 at http://kuer.org Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Moves Out of Senate Governor Supports Bill Calling for a Move to CNG Fleets http://kuer.org/post/governor-supports-bill-calling-move-cng-fleets <p>Governor Gary Herbert along with legislators and government leaders are putting their support behind a bill that would help local and state agencies expand their fleets of Compressed Natural Gas vehicles.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 23:49:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25873 at http://kuer.org Governor Supports Bill Calling for a Move to CNG Fleets KUER News Pod: Friday March 1, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-march-1-2013 <p>The Utah House looks at tax credits for clean fuel vehicles, Governor Herbert is against a bill eliminating the need for a concealed carry permit, and legislators join a coalition of groups from the private sector to promote workplace safety.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F81382074&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:09:47 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25762 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday March 1, 2013 "Zion Curtain" Removal Bill Moves Out of House Committee http://kuer.org/post/zion-curtain-removal-bill-moves-out-house-committee <p>A couple of alcohol related bills managed to make their way through House committees Wednesday including one that would eliminate Utah’s so-called “Zion Curtain.”</p><p><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/hbillint/HB0228S01.htm">HB228</a> eliminates provisions in Utah law that requires restaurants to keep open liquor bottles and the actual mixing of drinks out of public sight. Republican Rep. Gage Froerer voted in favor of the bill. He says the current law is an unnecessary obstacle.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25649 at http://kuer.org "Zion Curtain" Removal Bill Moves Out of House Committee Utah House Considers 3 Gun Bills http://kuer.org/post/utah-house-considers-3-gun-bills <p>The Utah House of Representatives considered three gun bills Tuesday afternoon and managed a vote on only one of them.</p><p>Of the three gun-related bills that the Utah House had a chance to debate, only Republican Rep. Dixon Pitcher’s HB121 received a vote. It would allow an individual to turn over a gun in his or her household to the police for up to 60 days if they feel it presents a danger to themselves or others in the house. Rep. Pitcher says he believes this law will help save lives without causing too much inconvenience.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:01:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25589 at http://kuer.org Utah House Considers 3 Gun Bills Utah Budget Projections Lower than Previously Expected http://kuer.org/post/utah-budget-projections-lower-previously-expected <p>Utah’s latest revenue projections released today at the state legislature are slightly lower than previously expected.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:42:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25527 at http://kuer.org Utah Budget Projections Lower than Previously Expected KUER News Pod: Monday February 25, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-february-25-2013 <p>Utahns on both side of the argument weigh in on gay marriage, the Utah legislature prepares to hear this year’s revenue projections, and the mayor of a small Utah town resigns.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80786846&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:53:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25503 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday February 25, 2013 Web Special: Everything You Need to Know About Utah Gun Laws http://kuer.org/post/web-special-everything-you-need-know-about-utah-gun-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Utah Legislature considers several bills aimed at changing gun laws we decided to take a look at what the laws in Utah actually say right now and, as equally important, what they don’t.</span></p><p><strong>Who Can Own a Gun?</strong></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:48:26 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24103 at http://kuer.org Web Special: Everything You Need to Know About Utah Gun Laws Sponsors Team Up On Set of Bi-Partisan Anti-Bully and Suicide Prevention Bills http://kuer.org/post/sponsors-team-set-bi-partisan-anti-bully-and-suicide-prevention-bills <p>Lawmakers from separate parties and different chambers are finding synergy in moving anti-bullying and anti-suicide legislation during the session. Democratic Senator Luz Robles and Republican Representative Gage Froerer say when they found out they were working individually on the same thing they decided to team up. Froerer says <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/HB0134.html">HB-134</a> is a statewide effort to make a dent in the epidemic of teen suicides as well as bullying in our schools.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:23:43 +0000 Bob Nelson 25371 at http://kuer.org Sponsors Team Up On Set of Bi-Partisan Anti-Bully and Suicide Prevention Bills Lawmakers Advance Gun Bills http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-advance-gun-bills <p></p><p></p><p>State Lawmakers considered a handful of firearms bills in committees on Wednesday. About half of the measures reinforce the status quo or make guns more available to Utahns. One bill in particular was met with heated debate.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:37:18 +0000 Whittney Evans 25311 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Advance Gun Bills UDOH Cost/Benefit Report on Medicaid Expansion Delayed http://kuer.org/post/udoh-costbenefit-report-medicaid-expansion-delayed <p>The Utah Department of Health says that the privately contracted cost/benefit analysis of the optional Medicaid expansion is still not complete. The Social Services joint appropriations committee had planned to <a href="http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/html/00001169.htm">hear the report Tuesday morning</a>.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:08:05 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25183 at http://kuer.org UDOH Cost/Benefit Report on Medicaid Expansion Delayed Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-ogden-mayors-propose-air-quality-measures <p>Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell at the State capitol today in announcing their ideas on how government on both the local and state level can help improve air quality.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:21:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25058 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures House Democrats Propose Six New Air Quality Bills http://kuer.org/post/house-democrats-propose-six-new-air-quality-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A group of Democratic legislators are introducing six new bills in an effort to help tackle Utah’s poor air quality.</p><p>The content of the proposed bills ranges from offering free passes for UTA Buses and TRAX trains to allowing the state to put in place stricter restrictions than the Environmental Protection Agency already requires. Representative Joel Briscoe is sponsoring the bill that would fund giving away free UTA passes. He says even with a tight budget this is something that should be attainable.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:33:53 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24874 at http://kuer.org House Democrats Propose Six New Air Quality Bills Bill to Add New Students to U Med School Moves Ahead http://kuer.org/post/bill-add-new-students-u-med-school-moves-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Utah Senate is ready to spend ten million dollars to expand the number of medical students at the University of Utah. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/SB0042.html">Senate Bill 42</a> would let the University of Utah medical school add 40 slots for new students -- with the condition that the new applicants have a significant connection to Utah.&nbsp; The bill has bipartisan support.&nbsp; Democrat Luz Robles argued the shortage of doctors is worse in rural parts of the state.</span></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:24:15 +0000 Dan Bammes 24441 at http://kuer.org Bill to Add New Students to U Med School Moves Ahead KUER News Pod: Friday February 1, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-february-1-2013 <p>A Utah legislator tries to give more control to individual schools, speed limits on I-15 and I-80 could be getting higher, and Senator Orrin Hatch proposes a high-skilled immigration bill.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F77431453&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:05:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24416 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday February 1, 2013 Congressman Jim Matheson Addresses Immigration, Economic Development with Utah Legislature http://kuer.org/post/congressman-jim-matheson-addresses-immigration-economic-development-utah-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Congressman Jim </span>Matheson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> made a visit to the legislature Thursday where he shared a list of things that he believes will help economic development.</span></p><p>He says the first task in encouraging economic development is eliminating uncertainty.</p><p>“You can’t eliminate all uncertainty of course but, when public policy multiplies the amount of uncertainty that’s out there, for the private sector, for the public sector, that’s a burden,” he says.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:12:23 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24367 at http://kuer.org Congressman Jim Matheson Addresses Immigration, Economic Development with Utah Legislature UHP Trooper Aaron Beesely Honored in Utah House and Senate http://kuer.org/post/uhp-trooper-aaron-beesely-honored-utah-house-and-senate <p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:56:21 +0000 Bob Nelson 24314 at http://kuer.org UHP Trooper Aaron Beesely Honored in Utah House and Senate KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 30, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-january-30-2013 <p>Utah Democrats call for increased education funding, the Utah House passes a bill that makes legislator pay more transparent, and Governor Gary Herbert declares today Fred Korematsu day.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F77142295&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:00:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24300 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 30, 2013