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Abortion Bill Goes To Governor

Mar 10, 2017
Erik Neumann

On the final night of the Utah legislative session, lawmakers approved a bill that would require doctors to provide additional information to women seeking a medication-induced abortion.

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Utah’s general legislative session ended midnight Thursday. During the past 45 days, lawmakers passed several bills dealing with serving and consuming alcoholic beverages. 

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Utah legislators delivered some big messages on public lands during this year’s 45 days of lawmaking. But air-quality and other environmental concerns saw only modest gains – along with some setbacks.

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On the final day of this year’s legislative session a letter was read in both the House and Senate thanking lawmakers for their efforts to fund education.

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Utah lawmakers set aside millions more for homelessness and affordable housing efforts this year, though still short of what advocates had hoped for.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch says he does plan on running for an eighth term in the U.S. Senate in 2018, following months of speculation.

Hatch made his comments to CNN on Thursday, though his office later said his decision is not yet final. 

Gov. Gary Herbert, a longtime friend of Hatch’s, praised the 82-year-old senator, saying he has served Utah well for more than 40 years.

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Lawmakers gave final passage to a bill that would allow people as young as 18 years old to carry a concealed weapon.

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On Wednesday, Utah lawmakers passed a bill that would raise the age limit of motorcyclists required to wear helmets on state highways. It brought up passionate debate from both supporters and opponents.

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Senators cleared the way Wednesday for Utah to become the toughest state in the nation when it comes to driving under the influence. They passed a bill, HB155, to lower the state’s blood-alcohol limit to .05 -- the lowest DUI threshold in the nation.

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Lawmakers finalized an incentive Wednesday for Utah’s refineries to bring cleaner “Tier 3” gasoline to the state.

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The Utah Legislature passed the lengthy bill to reform some of the state’s alcohol laws. It now needs only Governor Herbert’s signature to become law. 

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Around Salt Lake and across the country, women showed solidarity on International Women’s Day — with some taking to the streets and others taking the day off.

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The state legislature has voted to reward some teachers at high-poverty schools with $5,000 salary bonuses.

Amendment Delays Pornography Legislation

Mar 8, 2017

Lawmakers amended a bill this week that would allow people to sue distributors of pornography. The move could make it difficult for legislators to pass the bill before the session ends Thursday night.

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The proper use of drugs was at the heart of two bills advanced by Utah senators. Lawmakers had held up both bills until Tuesday to make sure there was money to fund the programs.

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The Utah Legislature introduced and passed a bill this week that would allow the state to borrow an additional $100 million for the new state prison in Salt Lake City. But state representatives quickly received backlash as the bond did not receive any public hearing.

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Oscar Solis was installed as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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An 11th-hour, $1 billion transportation bonding bill gained passage on Tuesday despite some lawmakers’ reservations.


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Utah Governor Gary Herbert and outdoor-industry leaders met to work out their differences last month during a conference call. If they pulled it off, a big trade show would stay in Salt Lake City. Instead, a 20-year relationship seems headed towards divorce, but is there any chance to save this rocky marriage?

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A Utah House panel killed a resolution on climate change Monday. But supporters were pleased despite its defeat.

Immunization Bills Advance To Senate Floor

Mar 6, 2017
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On Monday two bills passed out of a State Senate Committee. Both focus on vaccinations for Utah school kids. 

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Members of a state senate committee approved a bill today Monday that would automatically update a person’s voter registration when they renew a driver license.

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A state senate committee passed a bill Monday that would impose mandatory jail time for repeat DUI offenders.

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Currently, Utah schools receive letter grades based on student standardized test performance. But SB220 would adjust how those grades are given.

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Federal prosecutors in Utah announced a new initiative Friday to crack down on gang violence. The move comes after recent remarks by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding a spike in violent crime nationwide.

Ranked Choice Voting Bill Clears Utah House

Mar 3, 2017
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On Friday a bill passed out of the Utah House that would change Utah’s election process to allow ranked choice voting in statewide elections.

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Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, received national attention last year for running a resolution to declare pornography a public health hazard. He says this year’s Senate Bill 185 is a follow-up and would allow a person to sue a pornography distribution company for damages to a minor.

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Over the past few years the Utah Children’s Theater in South Salt Lake has seen a dramatic decrease in elementary school classes signing up for field trips. And then they decided to embrace common core.

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The Utah House of Representatives approved changes Thursday to the state's stand-your-ground law. The bill would clarify that someone doesn’t have to try to run away before using deadly force against an attacker, even if there is a safe way to escape.

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Utah legislators have approved a resolution that could increase teachers’ salaries, but it’s contingent on the state taking control of half of its federal lands. 

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