Legislature

Politics
5:33 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Remote Mental Health Care a Possibility with New House Bill

Rep. Ronda Menlove (R.) presents HB 56 to the House Health and Human Services Committee
Brian Grimmett

 The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a bill that would allow mental health and substance abuse counselors the ability to provide therapy remotely.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Utah Senate President Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

Spectators watch as the Utah Senate begins the 60th Utah Legislative session
Brian Grimmett

Newly elected Utah Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser opened the 2013 Legislative session by urging senators to be fiscally responsible.

In his opening remarks Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser warned his fellow senators to be careful not to believe they can create money out of thin air as they go about tackling some of Utah’s tough budget issues. He says he hopes to see legislators pass laws that work in the long term, especially when it comes to education funding.

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-KUER News Pod
3:57 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 28, 2013

The Utah State Legislature begins today with many new faces, clean air advocates files a lawsuit against the EPA, and Congressmen Jim Matheson introduces legislation to limit kids’ access to violent video games.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

GOP Welcomes Former Democratic State Representative to Their Ranks

Rep. Christine Watkins
Utah Legislature

The Utah Republican party is welcoming former Democratic state representative Christine Watkins with open arms after her recent decision to join the GOP. Watkins, who has served her district near Price for four years, was considered a conservative democrat in the legislature and often sided with Republicans on issues like energy development. Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright says those shared values are some of the reasons why Watkins decided to make the switch.

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KUER Local News
12:55 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday December 6, 2012

The Utah Air Quality Board approves a controversial emissions testing program, the Provo Airport welcomes a new tenant, and a state legislator proposes a new motorcycle helmet law.

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KUER Local News
12:34 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday November 15, 2012

The state Legislature discusses a proposal to fix the state’s data security issues, the governor’s public lands policy coordinator says a lot more study needs to be done before taking over federal lands, and Salt Lake City conducts a community food assessment.

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Politics
10:47 am
Thu November 1, 2012

District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah

Utah House District 68 covers a vast area of western Utah.
Credit vote.utah.gov

It’s been 20 years since Merrill Nelson served one term in the Utah House of Representatives, but this year’s legislative redistricting has given him the opportunity to seek another.  He’s a Republican who lives in Grantsville, and the new boundaries of District 68 divide Tooele County and extend all the way to Milford in Beaver County.  Most of Juab County, including Eureka, is also now in District 68, and that’s where the Democratic candidate, Tom Nedreberg, comes from.

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Education
9:24 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Legislature Considers Sex Education Training for Parents

Senator Stuart Reid addresses the Education Interim Committee

State legislators debated the merits of creating training courses for parents on how to teach sex education to their children Wednesday during the Education Interim committee meeting.

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KUER Local News
12:52 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday September 20, 2012

Salt Lake County mayoral candidate Ben McAdams lays out his plans to fix the county’s inefficiencies, an interim committee at the legislature looks at banning smoking in cars with children, and I-15 gets a little faster.

Healthcare
12:22 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Lawmakers Decide on Benchmark Health Insurance Plan

The state’s Health System Reform Task Force has decided on essential health benefits that all insurance companies must cover.  Lawmakers argued that the benchmark plan should cover the bare minimum to keep it affordable, but some advocates are concerned that it falls short in some areas.

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KUER Local News
12:50 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 21, 2012

In a special session, the Utah legislature approves 90 new liquor licenses, fixes a $25 million dollar gap in the education budget, and discusses the potential cost of the medicaid data breach.

Politics
11:17 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Social Media Recap: Special Session of the Utah Legislature

KUER News has a new twitter account (@KUERnews) and yesterday's special session of the Utah Legislature proved to be a great way to break it in. We sent three reporters to the capitol and throughout the day they took advantage of twitter to keep you updated.

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KUER Local News
1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 20, 2012

Utah’s revenue projections appear to be on target, the Department of Corrections is worried about overcrowding, and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke calls for ethics reform. That and more on today's News Pod.

Politics
1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Interim Committee Approves Bill to Add Liquor Licenses

Sen. John Valentine testifying before the Business and Labor interim committee.
Andrea Smardon

Updated 2:40 PM 6/20/2012

Utah may be getting 90 new liquor licenses. The State Legislature is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill that would allow 50 full-service and 40 limited-service restaurants to obtain licenses. The amendment to the Alcohol Beverage Control Act, sponsored by Senator John Valentine, was presented to the Business and Labor interim committee this morning. Representative Don Ipson urged the committee to approve it. 

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