Utah Legislature

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A recount of a close Utah House race has not changed the outcome. Republican Rep. LaVar Christensen maintained a slim, five-vote lead over his Democratic challenger, Suzanne Harrison, in the race for House District 32.

Utah Lawmaker Wants Online Porn To Be Opt-In

May 23, 2016
Brian Grimmett

The Utah lawmaker who helped get pornography declared a public health crisis is now considering legislation that could restrict porn on the internet.

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Legislative leadership has decided to study the impacts of the federal government’s letter recommending guidelines for how to treat transgender students.

Republican state Rep. Kraig Powell of Heber has decided to drop out of his race for reelection.

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Some state lawmakers say Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to veto spending on a handful of education programs is misinformed.

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Homeless service providers are looking forward to more shelter options, likely outside the overburdened Rio Grande Corridor in Salt Lake City.  Utah lawmakers set aside money this year to move forward with that plan.

Death Penalty Doesn't Get Final House Debate

Mar 10, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A debate over whether or not to halt the death penalty in Utah ended without lawmakers acting on legislation as time ran out on the last day of the 2016 general session.

Brian Grimmett

In the next 24 hours the Utah House will debate a bill to repeal the death penalty in Utah, but one lawmaker has a plan to change the bill entirely.

Death Penalty Repeal Moves to Full House

Mar 8, 2016

The full Utah House will get the opportunity to debate repealing the death penalty after a house committee narrowly voted to send it forward.

Brian Grimmett

A federal judge issued an order last week indicating that the signature thresholds called for in Utah’s election laws are too high. With a few days left in the legislative session, one lawmaker has just introduced a bill to address that problem.

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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require anesthesia to be given to fetuses older than 20 weeks that are going to be aborted.

View From The Gallery: Week 6

Mar 4, 2016

Week six of the Utah Legislature was full of lawmakers making curious decisions. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the recap in this week’s View From the Gallery

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The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state.

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The Utah Senate has defeated a bill that would have defined Hate Crimes and possible punishments for them.

Utah Senate Votes In Favor Of Ending Death Penalty

Mar 1, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A bill doing away with the Death Penalty in Utah has cleared its first hurdle in the Utah Senate.

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The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would require recipients of welfare to complete a 2-hour long self-reliance class.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill changing Utah’s hate crime laws.

View From the Gallery: Week 5

Feb 26, 2016

Week five of the 2016 Utah legislative session is over, and the mad dash to the end has finally begun. KUER’s Brian Grimmett reports on the latest in this week’s View From the Gallery.

Budget analysts have given the Utah Legislature updated estimates for how much money the state is bringing in.

View From The Gallery: Week 4

Feb 19, 2016

Week four marks the half way point of the Utah Legislative session, but lawmakers seem to be stuck on repeat.

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help school districts teach 8th graders about gun safety.

View From the Gallery: Week 2

Feb 5, 2016

Week two of the Utah Legislature is coming to a close and lawmakers are slowly starting to get back into the swing of things.

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Two medical marijuana proposals will be vetted by separate Utah legislative committees Thursday.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would help protect pregnant and nursing women in the workplace.

Legislator Wants to End Speed Trap Towns

Feb 1, 2016
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A Utah legislator is trying to put an end to speed trap towns.

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As another Utah legislative session gets underway, the question remains whether lawmakers will expand Medicaid.

View From The Gallery: Week 1

Jan 29, 2016

The 2016 Utah Legislative session has begun and while week one saw little work on actual bills, it did see an overabundance of speeches. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the full recap in this Week’s View From the Gallery.

Lawmakers Set Sights on Online Sales Tax Collection

Jan 28, 2016

Lawmakers are working on several bills that would deal with reporting and collecting sales tax made from online and out-of-state purchases.

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A bill to teach kids in school to stay away from guns got early approval in a Senate Committee Wednesday.

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Governor Gary Herbert will deliver his state of the state address Wednesday evening. Instead of responding to the speech, Democratic leaders offered up their views in a press conference before the main event.

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