Utah Legislature

5:05 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Utah Lawmakers Undecided on Medicaid Expansion

Since the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, governors in four states have declared they will not expand Medicaid. Utah is currently undecided. State lawmakers met Tuesday to review the Supreme Court’s decision - and Utah’s options.

Republican Representative James Dunnigan of Taylorsville is chair of the state’s Health System Reform Task Force. He says the expansion of Medicaid is a big policy decision for Utah, and lawmakers are still gathering information. 

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Business & Labor
10:19 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Utah Legislature Approves 90 New Liquor Licenses

Senate Bill 4001 was approved by a majority of lawmakers.
Andrea Smardon

State lawmakers have given the green light to 90 new liquor licenses for restaurants in Utah.  It was one of the issues decided in a special session Wednesday called by Governor Gary Herbert. 

President of the Utah Restaurant Association Melva Sine says these new licenses will be snapped up fast, and were needed for the industry to continue to grow in Utah.

“We have a critical issue here, and they’ve addressed it in the best way possible in the shortest amount of time possible, so we’re happy with that,” said Sine.

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10:01 am
Thu June 21, 2012

State Lawmakers Revise Education Budget in Special Session

Senator Lyle Hillyard addresses the Utah Senate.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Lawmakers were able to find the funds necessary to fill a $25 million gap in Utah’s education budget that officials failed to catch during the 2012 legislative session. The House and Senate voted unanimously, during a special session of the legislature Wednesday to approve adjustments to next year’s budget.

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12:42 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Governor Herbert Calls a Special Legislative Session


Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced on Monday that he’s calling a special legislative session to begin Wednesday. He plans to tackle a number of issues that include education funding and  the shortage of liquor licenses available in the state.

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