Monthly Archive:: January 2011

Parents Who Leave Children Unattended Could Face Punishment

It would be a crime to leave a child under nine years old unattended in a hot car, under a bill that

Lawmakers Reject School Bus Ads Again

A bill that would have allowed school districts to sell advertisement space on school buses was voted down this morning in the

New Bar-X Gives Patrons A Taste of Old Salt Lake

A Hollywood actor has collaborated with local entrepreneurs to revive a nearly 80 year-old-bar in downtown Salt Lake City. Bar-X officially re-opened

Governor: Concealed Carry Permit Should Still be Required

A legislative proposal to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon in Utah is attracting both friends and foes. Republican Representative

Herbert Opposes Proposed School Board Changes

Governor Gary Herbert is indicating he doesn’t like two proposed constitutional amendments to change how Utah’s public schools are managed.

Proposed Vet School At USU Jumps First Hurdle

While higher education funding in Utah may get cut during the legislative session, the Utah House of Representatives voted this morning to

Politics Up Close: Former Health Insurance Exec Speaks Out

Wendell Potter used to be a top executive at a major health insurance corporation, CIGNA. Now, he’s trying to get the word

Politics Up Close: Nuclear Power Plant in Utah?

Governor Gary Herbert is making a new push to bring a nuclear power plant to the state. Is that a good idea?

Politics Up Close: Gun Laws in Utah

Utah is in the national spotlight for a proposal to make the Browning M1911 handgun the official state firearm. But that’s not

Hatch Aligns with Lee, Chaffetz on Budget Committee

Newly elected Utah Senator Mike Lee is joining Utah’s Senior Senator, Orrin Hatch, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hatch himself made the

Requirements for School Superintendents May Change

The Jordan School District is hiring a new superintendent, and some school board members, along with some Utah lawmakers, want anyonewho

Lawmakers Want Cooperation on Potential Education Cuts

Utah lawmakers on the Public Education Appropriations Committee have sent a message to the State Board of Education: tell us where your

Plan to Make Tax Hikes More Difficult Fails

A constitutional amendment that would have made it much harder to raise taxes in Utah failed in the legislature’s House Revenue and

State Firearm Proposal Gains International Attention

Republican State Representative Carl Wimmer's bill to designate the Browning M1911 as the state firearm has gotten noticed by news outlets around

Herbert: Immigration Bill Can’t be Unfunded Mandate

As the Utah Legislature prepares to debate immigration, Governor Gary Herbert is warning that any immigration bills that are passed had better

Proposed Amendments Would Change School Control

Who should be steering Utah's public education system? One proposed amendment to the state constitution would have the legislature take the reigns,

Employment, States Rights Highlight Herbert’s State of the State Address

Utah Governor Gary Herbert delivered his first State of the State Address as an elected Governor last night at the Capitol in

Democrats Say They Will Fight Education Cuts, States Rights Bills

Responding to Governor Gary Herbert’s State of the State Address last night, Utah House Minority Leader David Litvack pledged Democrats will fight

Utah Lawmakers Honor Fallen Officers

Utah lawmakers honored three fallen police officers today who were killed in the line of duty.

State Gun Bill One Step Closer to Passing Legislature

Utah has an official state vegetable, state rock and state cooking pot. And now, it’s one step closer to having a state

Cedar Hills Residents To File Suit Over Legislative Vacancy

Residents from two Cedar Hills voting districts intend to file a lawsuit against the Utah Republican Party, the Utah County Republican Party,

Matheson’s Take on State of the Union

In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama touched on several themes that should appeal to a conservative

Care Provider Incentive Could Slash Medicaid Costs

A Utah House Republican wants to cut down on Medicaid costs by giving health care providers an incentive to send patients to

Spice Ban, Regulation Moves Forward in Committee

Utah is getting closer to controlling the sale and use of spice. Two spice-regulating bills earned unanimous recommendations in legislative committees yesterday

Advocates: No Utahns are Disposable

Social service advocates gathered at the Utah Capitol’s dumpster Tuesday, hoping to send the message to lawmakers that there are no disposable

Legislative Dems Stress Ed. Funding Amid Budget Cuts

Democratic Utah lawmakers say education is their top concern during this year’s session, and that means more funding. But as KCPW’s Jessica

Survey: Utahns More Optimistic on Economy Than National Average

While the national consumer confidence index hits an eight-month high, a new survey suggests Utah consumers are even more positive about the

Browning Pistol Clears First Hurdle in Race to Become State Handgun

A bill that would designate a Browning handgun as the state firearm received a favorable recommendation from a House committee yesterday.

Durham Says Cuts Will Halt Progress in the Courts

Delivering the annual State of the Judiciary Address to Utah lawmakers, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine Durham said any

Bill to Help Struggling Students Moves on to the Senate

A bill aimed at making sure parents are notified when their children are struggling with reading passed a Senate Committee Monday afternoon