Legislature

Politics
1:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Local and State Leaders Discuss Rural Issues at State Capitol

Rural businesses and counties show off their products and services in the Capitol rotunda during the 4th Annual Rural Legislative Day
Brian Grimmett

Local leaders and Utah lawmakers representing rural areas of the state gathered at the State Capitol today for the legislatures annual Rural Day to discuss their priorities for this year’s legislative session.

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.

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Education
4:48 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

State Releases Controversial School Grades

Members of the Utah PTA reading the latest school grades online.

Schools across Utah for the first time have been issued a single letter grade for their performance. According to the results of a new school grading system, released this morning, more than half of the state’s public schools got an A or a B, while the rest got C’s D’s or F’s. The education community responded this morning by calling the new system poor policy. But lawmakers contend it shines a light on poor-performing public schools.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Legislative Audit Subcommittee Approves Audit of Attorney General's Office

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow outside of the Attorney General's office.
Brian Grimmett

The legislative audit subcommittee gave approval to begin an audit of the Attorney Generals office, yesterday. But the process won’t begin until September.

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-KUER News Pod
12:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013

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.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Valentine Won't Challenge HB 76 Veto

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.

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-KUER News Pod
4:25 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: The Legislative Wrap-up

Utah’s Zion Curtain is staying put, three air quality bills survive, and the education budget gets a shot in the arm.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

2013 Utah Legislative Session Live Chat

Brian Grimmett

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  the good, the bad, or the ugly.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Constitutional Carry Bill Passes Legislature, Sent to Governor's Desk

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-Ogden speaks in favor of HB76
Brian Grimmett

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.

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.

“It doesn’t change anything about who can carry a weapon or possess a firearm," he says. "It simply gives honest people the right to do what they can’t do honestly right now, and that is cover up the weapon.”

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Public Safety
4:07 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Toward Final Hurdle

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-Ogden speaks in favor of HB76
Brian Grimmett

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. HB76 received preliminary approval in the Utah Senate today. 

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Politics
5:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Antidiscrimination Bill Dies Without a Senate Debate

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake and Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George concede the defeat of SB262
Brian Grimmett

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.

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.

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-KUER News Pod
2:22 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 8, 2013

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.

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Education
4:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Attempt to Fund Pre-School for At-Risk Children Fails in Senate

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

A controversial bill that would help create preschool programs for at-risk children failed in the Utah Senate today.

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Education
2:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Moves Out of Senate

Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake
Bob Nelson

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 SB184 is aimed at helping parents share responsibility with the schools and allow them to be more engaged in what happens with their children.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:49 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Governor Supports Bill Calling for a Move to CNG Fleets

Governor Gary Herbert speaks to legislators and members of the media aboard a crowded school bus powered by CNG
Brian Grimmett

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.

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-KUER News Pod
12:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 1, 2013

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.

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Business & Labor
5:22 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Zion Curtain" Removal Bill Moves Out of House Committee

Members of House Business and Labor Committee listen to debate on HB350
Brian Grimmett

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.”

HB228 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.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Utah House Considers 3 Gun Bills

Utah House of Representatives
Brian Grimmett

The Utah House of Representatives considered three gun bills Tuesday afternoon and managed a vote on only one of them.

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.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Utah Budget Projections Lower than Previously Expected

www.senatesite.com

Utah’s latest revenue projections released today at the state legislature are slightly lower than previously expected.

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-KUER News Pod
10:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday February 25, 2013

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.

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Politics
9:48 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Web Special: Everything You Need to Know About Utah Gun Laws

File: Colt 1911
Stephen Z CC

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.

Who Can Own a Gun?

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Education
6:23 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Sponsors Team Up On Set of Bi-Partisan Anti-Bully and Suicide Prevention Bills

Pictured left to right, Senator Luz Robles (D), Representative Gage Froerer (R), Representative Steve Eliason (R)
Credit Bob Nelson

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 HB-134 is a statewide effort to make a dent in the epidemic of teen suicides as well as bullying in our schools.

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Politics
11:37 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Lawmakers Advance Gun Bills

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.

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Health Care
1:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

UDOH Cost/Benefit Report on Medicaid Expansion Delayed

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 hear the report Tuesday morning.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell give their clean air proposals at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

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.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

House Democrats Propose Six New Air Quality Bills

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

 A group of Democratic legislators are introducing six new bills in an effort to help tackle Utah’s poor air quality.

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.

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Health Care
4:24 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill to Add New Students to U Med School Moves Ahead

Students at the University of Utah School of Medicine
University Health Care

  The Utah Senate is ready to spend ten million dollars to expand the number of medical students at the University of Utah.  Senate Bill 42 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.  The bill has bipartisan support.  Democrat Luz Robles argued the shortage of doctors is worse in rural parts of the state.

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-KUER News Pod
12:05 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday February 1, 2013

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.

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Politics
2:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Congressman Jim Matheson Addresses Immigration, Economic Development with Utah Legislature

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, speaks to the Utah Senate
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson made a visit to the legislature Thursday where he shared a list of things that he believes will help economic development.

He says the first task in encouraging economic development is eliminating uncertainty.

“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.

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Public Safety
2:56 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

UHP Trooper Aaron Beesely Honored in Utah House and Senate

The Beesley family being honored on the Senate floor. Beesley's wife and children are seen on the far right.
Credit Bob Nelson

There was a somber moment of silence as Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley and his family were honored in both chambers of the Utah Legislature Wednesday. Beesley died while on a search and rescue mission in Salt Lake County in June last year. Senator Pete Knudsen from District 17 spoke as a large group of the Beesley family stood in the center of the Senate floor.

“In recognition of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Trooper Aaron Beesley, the Utah Legislature hereby honors Trooper Beesley and his surviving family for their service to the State of Utah,”said Knudsen.

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-KUER News Pod
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 30, 2013

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.

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