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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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Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s open to a Republican proposal that would lower overall tax rates while reinstating a higher sales tax on food.


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Utah Representatives Mia Love and Chris Stewart fielded questions from constituents about health care during separate telephone town halls Wednesday night.

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On Wednesday a bill advanced in the Utah Legislature to lower the blood alcohol limit for drivers from .08 to .05. 

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A bill to reform Utah’s Juvenile Justice system is marching forward in the Utah Legislature after hitting a few roadblocks in the House.  

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When Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, unveiled House Bill 442 earlier this week, he quickly ran into pushback from restaurant groups.  Many had concerns about having a choice limited to keeping up 7-foot barriers known as ‘Zion Curtains’ or instituting a 10-foot child-free buffer zone around a bar, what’s now being referred to as a ‘Zion Moat.’

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The Utah GOP’s decision to resume a lawsuit against an election law it had previously said it would drop has aggravated some Republican lawmakers.

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Utah’s House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would increase the number of elementary school counselors in the state.

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On Tuesday Governor Herbert spoke with reporters about meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence during the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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