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Utah will get an inland port authority to oversee development of a commercial trade hub in Northwest Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation on Friday.


That's a wrap! The Legislature passed 534 bills this session, just one bill shy of their record during the 2017 session, and left hundreds more behind. Here are the highlights, plus a conversation with Gov. Gary Herbert.


Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered a state review of protocols regarding school lockdowns following the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, but is not proposing any new legislation to stem gun violence — pointing instead to societal factors that could be to blame.

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Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he’s working with Utah lawmakers on a bill that would ban abortions of a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome. Legislative attorneys have flagged the bill, saying if it passes, it would likely face a legal challenge.

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Gov. Gary Herbert used his ninth annual State of the State address to urge lawmakers take on big challenges with a spirit of civility and collaboration.  

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Education has been a top priority for Gov. Gary Herbert's administration, and this year’s budget is no different.

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There’s been a lot of debate about a new law that lowers the legal DUI blood alcohol limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. Now it’s looking like that law may not change much, if at all, before it goes into effect.



Gov. Gary Herbert says a courtroom may be the best option to settle a dispute between the legislature, attorney general and his office. The legislature has been in a power struggle with the governor for months over who has the authority to organize a special election.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

The future of a limited Medicaid expansion in Utah is in question after the departure of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.


Gov. Gary Herbert covered a range of topics at his monthly press conference on KUED Thursday, including health care, the national monument review and special legislative sessions.

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is coming to Utah to endorse 3rd Congressional District candidate Chris Herrod as Gov. Gary Herbert throws his support behind Herrod’s main challenger.

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Gov. Gary Herbert is defending his authority to organize a special election to fill the upcoming vacancy in the 3rd Congressional District, after lawmakers accused the governor of a power grab.

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Utah state lawmakers are ramping up their fight with Gov. Gary Herbert over the special election to fill Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat. 

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Gov. Gary Herbert says his office is already preparing to hold a special election to fill the U-S House seat in the 3rd Congressional district. Representative Jason Chaffetz announced today that he will leave office next month. 

Gov. Gary Herbert has set an ambitious goal to kick-start rural Utah’s economy, but there are obstacles to attracting new businesses outside the Wasatch Front.

Whittney Evans

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution Monday that reaffirms state leader’s resolve to guard the civil liberties and freedoms of all Americans, including legal immigrants and refugees.

Gov. Gary Herbert issued his first veto of 2017 for a bill that would’ve scrapped a requirement to appoint an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to several state boards and commissions.



Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill to allow people as young as 18 to get provisional permits to carry a concealed weapon. 

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Governor Gary Herbert has signed dozens of bills into law this week. Among them is the so-called “No Promo Homo” bill that could resolve a lawsuit between Equality Utah and the state. It removes language prohibiting teachers from advocating for homosexuality. 

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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.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

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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Governor Gary Herbert delivered his State of the State address to the Utah Legislature Wednesday night, promising to keep up the state’s progress in economic growth and education.

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Governor Gary Herbert publicly took the oath of office Wednesday after being elected to a third term as governor of Utah.

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Gov. Gary Herbert rolled out his proposed $16.1 billion budget on Wednesday for the 2018 fiscal year.

Speaking at the Utah Highway Patrol’s Salt Lake office, Herbert said he has no plans for tax increases, but does plan to funnel close to 80 percent of new ongoing revenue into public schools.

Nicole Nixon

Having just won another term as Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert announced new appointments to his cabinet and senior staff on Thursday.

Whittney Evans

Governor Gary Herbert defeated his Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz with more than seventy percent of the vote to win re-election.

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A new report from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute gave Utah Governor Gary Herbert a “D” grade for fiscal responsibility. But Herbert’s campaign manager says a closer look at how the organization came to that conclusion tells a different story.

Whittney Evans

Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz participated in a candidate forum Tuesday, organized by the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The event was not a formal debate—each candidate had about 45 minutes on stage to answer questions posed by a moderator.

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Utah Republican Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz faced off Monday night in the 2nd of two scheduled debates before the November election.

Whittney Evans

Utah Governor Gary Herbert will debate Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz Friday at an hosted by the Utah League of Cities and Towns. Herbert previously declined to participate due to a scheduling conflict.