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State Sen. Jim Dabakis announced his exit from the Legislature earlier this year in a video that captured the Salt Lake Democrat’s trademark theatrics.

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Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton is resigning from the Legislature.

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Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has announced his retirement from state government, joining a mass exodus of longtime lawmakers from the Utah Legislature.

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Matt Hillyard was someone you’ve probably never met — unless you spent time at the Utah State Senate. There, he was famous and beloved. 

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The 2017 general session of the Utah Legislature got underway Monday, and leaders of the Utah Senate have a lengthy list of things they want to accomplish in the next 45 days.

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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 gave preliminary approval to a resolution that would declare pornography a public health hazard.

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For a bill to become law the Senate, the House, and the Governor all have to give their approval. But even with a Republican super-majority in the Utah legislature, that process often encounters obstacles.