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On Wednesday, Utah Republican Senator Brian Shiozawa introduced a non-binding resolution encouraging protection of civil liberties and freedoms for all Americans including legal immigrants and refugees. It came during a tense time for some immigrant communities in the state. 


Facing increasing political blowback, many Republican lawmakers are choosing to skip town halls with constituents during the Congressional recess this week. Now, frustrated voters are organizing their own forums, with or without them.

Lee Hale

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee is a Republican and a freshman legislator from Clearfield. She says the idea for her bill, HB 198, was brought to her by a group of young women who want to defend themselves from rape.  

Whittney Evans

Community leaders on both sides of the aisle came together Tuesday morning to stress the positive impact immigrants have on Utah’s economy. The press conference came hours after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security laid out policies the Trump administration is implementing to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants.

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Lawmakers considered legislation on Tuesday that would provide a mechanism to remove elected officials from office due to mental incapacity.

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Engineers at Brigham Young University in Provo have created a foldable, bulletproof shield designed to protect law enforcement.

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Two years after Utah’s criminal justice system overhaul, a state lawmaker is pushing for major reforms at the juvenile level.

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Almost all the tables were taken Friday at the Toasters Deli facing the Salt Palace Convention Center. But this is almost empty compared to days when the Outdoor Retailer trade show is underway across the street.

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A bill that would require all sexual assault kits in the state be tested passed unanimously Friday in the Utah House of Representatives. 

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Planners for the Point of the Mountain Commission are soliciting ideas from the public for what they hope will become a hub for Utah’s growing high-tech industry.

Erik Neumann

The Utah House passed a bill on Friday designed to deal with the state’s opioid abuse problem. It would give medical professionals more training on substance use disorders. 

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The announcement came after a tense conference call Thursday between Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and outdoor company leaders.

“It’s too bad,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association. “We still think that Utah has an opportunity to choose a different path.”

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Gov. Gary Herbert says sweeping tax reform is likely off the table this session, but he’s hopeful lawmakers will still find ways to boost education spending.

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On Thursday, legislators in the Utah House passed a bill that would eliminate the requirement that vehicles undergo mandatory safety inspections.

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This week, the wrestling team from Central Davis Junior High in Layton attended its opening meet of the season. And, as a first for Davis School District, two of the athletes that competed are female.

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There’s a saying that people should think of outdoor fun when they think of Utah the same way they think of wine and California. But that prized brand identity is at risk now, as tension builds for Gov. Gary Herbert’s meeting with outdoor industry officials on Thursday afternoon.

Lee Hale

On Wednesday the Utah House of Representatives voted to ban the consideration of race or gender when filling judicial vacancies.

Erik Neumann

Lawmakers in the Utah Senate advanced a bill that would remove a requirement for political diversity from some state boards and commissions.

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Moab officials say they have taken a major step toward creating a more sustainable city. 

Raids Could Mark A Shift In Immigration Policy

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Over the past week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, has carried out a series of raids around the country resulting in hundreds of arrests of non-legal immigrants. None of the operations occurred in Utah, but some say the actions are a sign of how the Trump Administration will implement immigration policy.

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Manufacturers would get new tax breaks under a bill passed Tuesday by a Utah Senate Committee. The move continues a longstanding policy of being business friendly. 

Lee Hale

The Utah House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would ban cities from rewarding landlords who refuse to rent to people newly released from prison or jail.

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Another effort to get rid of permit requirements for carrying concealed firearms failed to pass out of the House's Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice committee on Tuesday.

Utah lawmakers are recommending a 3% boost in per-student spending to the state’s education budget.

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Eleven-year-old Hannah Bradshaw wasn’t even going to attend last week’s forum with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, but as her mom was leaving she thought, ‘Why not?’ and tagged along.  

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A bill to phase out the state’s tax credit for residential solar panel installations passed the Utah House on Monday.

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The University of Utah is partnering with middle and high schools along the Wasatch Front to monitor winter air pollution.

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Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are positioning themselves to follow through with repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  Medicaid is the health care program for low-income individuals that is funded by both the federal government and states. It’s one part of that health system that’s likely to look different if Republicans succeed. Nate Checketts is the Director of Medicaid in Utah, so he’ll play a big role in how possible changes play out here in this state. Checketts recently joined Erik Neumann  in the KUER studios. 

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A Utah lawmaker has introduced three bills that would attempt to streamline and clarify the process for vaccinating kids in Utah. 

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Utah lawmakers approved a bill Friday to lower Utah’s legal blood alcohol content level to curb drunk driving.

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