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A bill to end the requirement for concealed carry permits was passed out of a legislative committee on Wednesday. It came back from a tie vote that stalled its progress last week.

Lee Hale

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee is a Republican and a freshman legislator from Clearfield. She says the idea for her bill, HB 198, was brought to her by a group of young women who want to defend themselves from rape.  

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On Wednesday the Utah House of Representatives voted to ban the consideration of race or gender when filling judicial vacancies.

Utah lawmakers are recommending a 3% boost in per-student spending to the state’s education budget.

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Utah lawmakers approved a bill Friday to lower Utah’s legal blood alcohol content level to curb drunk driving.

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Newly elected Rep. Logan Wilde is standing on the back of his Ford truck, cutting twine from bales of hay on a frosty day in December. His 15-year-old daughter Charlotte is at the wheel as they drive toward a mass of black cows huddled together in the pasture.  

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A new bill  at the Utah Legislature is aimed at helping ex-cons find housing and stay out of jail. It would get rid of city-sponsored incentives landlords sometimes get for refusing to rent to people who have a criminal history.

The Democratic leader in the Utah House of Representatives is making another attempt to pass a sex education bill. Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, tried to run a comprehensive sex education bill last year but it failed.

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Two Republican lawmakers are reportedly working on a bill that would allow the so-called “Zion Curtains” to come down in restaurants.

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After millions of women rallied around the country and the world over the weekend to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a spin-off rally on the first day of Utah’s legislative session sought to underscore the message of advancing women’s rights at a local level.

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes emphasized Monday that the state is facing a homelessness crisis and it cannot be solved by one city, one county or the state alone. The Republican lawmaker made his case to the Utah House of Representatives on the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session.

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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
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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.

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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.

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