Utah Legislature

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.

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

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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.

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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The Utah Senate has passed a bill that its sponsor hopes will help communities better conserve water.

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The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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Governor Gary Herbert weighed in on several topics expected to be debated during the upcoming legislative session during his monthly news conference on KUED.

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Democratic members of the Utah House of Representatives laid out what they hope to accomplish during the 2016 legislative session at a press conference Wednesdayat the state capitol.

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Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.

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Utah military veterans could be exempt from paying state income tax under a proposed bill to be considered by the legislature.

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Governor Gary Herbert has released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2017 totaling $14.8 billion dollars. 

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Utah Legislators will have a lot of new money to play with next year, but most of those dollars are already spoken for.

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State legislators from around the country will convene in Salt Lake City starting Wednesday to draw up rules for what is known as an Article V convention.

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The conflict over Utah’s new election law continues to rage, even after a federal judge ruled that most of the law is constitutional. The next step in the fight is likely a special legislative session.

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Utah Courts are not doing a great job at facilitating people’s Sixth Amendment Rights. That’s according to a new report by the Utah Judicial Council and the Sixth Amendment Center.

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Legislators continued their two-day site visit through rural Utah Thursday with visits to Emery and Sanpete counties.

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Instead of holding their regular interim meetings this month, state legislators hit the road to visit several sites in central and southeastern Utah. 

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In a special session, the Utah legislature has approved a proposal to move the state prison from Draper to a new site in west Salt Lake City.

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New car manufacturers like Tesla have begun disrupting the new car sales industry. They’re trying to sell directly to consumers without using independent dealers, and that’s caused some controversy across the county, including here in Utah.

Utah Republican leaders announced Friday that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid expansion.  A group of six state leaders have been meeting since the close of the legislative Session to find a resolution to the 'coverage gap' for low income residents. House Majority leader Jim Dunnigan says they now have the bare bones of a plan to cover the population up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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At BYU’s annual religious freedom conference, state Senator Stuart Adams outlined how Utah’s compromise religious liberty, LGBT protection legislation should be a model for the nation.

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The annual Utah Taxpayers Association conference is always heavily attended by state legislators and important policy makers and that means it’s also a great way to figure out what Utah’s most pressing budget and tax issues will be for the coming year.

Starting Tuesday police can now pull over motorists in Utah for not wearing seat belts.

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Supporters say a $75 million property tax increase will benefit Utah’s public education system and it will likely go further to increase funding in the future.

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The Utah State Board of Education on Thursday will consider asking the governor to veto a bill that aims to streamline the state’s education code.

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