Monthly Archive:: February 2011

Party-Line Vote Moves Sandstrom’s Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act Forward

A three-hour committee hearing at the state capitol Friday ended in Utah lawmakers approving the controversial Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act on a

Lawmakers Reject Contribution Caps

One state lawmaker believes big money and special interest groups are taking over the political process, but many of her colleagues don’t

Could Large Companies Soon Be Funding Utah Schools?

Multi-million dollar corporations could hold the answer to Utah’s education funding concerns, says one Utah lawmaker. Republican Senator Chris Buttars is

Bill Would Get Rid of Points for Out-of-State Violations

Utah drivers wouldn’t get points on their license for out-of-state traffic violations, under a bill the Senate discussed this morning. Drivers risk

Politics Up Close: Congressman Rob Bishop

With the GOP in control of the House of Representatives, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop now finds himself in a better spot after

Politics Up Close: State Rep. Joel Briscoe

Week three of the Utah legislature’s 2011 session is wrapping up. We checked in with freshman Democratic Representative Joel Briscoe on the

Politics Up Close: The North Korean Threat

Bruce Bechtol is author of Defiant Failed State: The North Korean Threat to International Security. He was in Salt Lake City

Medicaid Reform in Sight for Utah

A Utah lawmaker might have the golden ticket for reforming Medicaid and tackling its skyrocketing costs. The Republican-sponsored bill earned widespread

Education Cuts Could Limit School Bus Routes

Education funding is now threatening whether some students will be able to make it to school. Funds for school buses may have

Resolution Calls for Delisting Wolves

One Utah lawmaker is declaring war on wolves. Republican Senator Allen Christensen says the predators have been federally protected for too long,

Sandstrom: Not Watering Down My Bill

Responding to concerns about the cost and resources it would take to enforce his anti-illegal immigration bill, Republican Representative Stephen Sandstrom unveiled

Chaffetz Defends PATRIOT Vote, Hatch Talks to Tea Party

A vote to re-authorize parts of the PATRIOT Act split Utah’s congressional delegation this week. Representative Rob Bishop voted no, while both

State Handgun Bill Almost to Governor’s Desk

The M1911 handgun will likely be Utah’s official firearm, after a bill designating it as a state symbol passed the Senate this

Oda’s Bill No Longer About Feral Animals

A controversial animal cruelty bill that would have allowed Utahns to kill animals they believed to be feral is moving on to

Lawmakers Move Closer to Scrapping Driving Privilege Card

Illegal immigrants would no longer be able to legally drive a car in Utah, if the state legislature passes a Senate bill

Utah’s Prisons Overcapacity, Some Inmates Could be Released

The tough economy could mean no hard time for hundreds, and eventually thousands of Utah’s criminals. Wednesday morning, Utah lawmakers heard testimony

LGBT Advocates Angered by Senator’s Vote

Some in the LGBT community are furious over Democratic Senator Pat Jones’ vote against a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples

Salt Lake City Concerned about Cost of Immigration Bill

A new analysis from the Utah Legislature estimates a bill aimed at catching undocumented immigrants would cost local cities and counties in

Sandstrom’s Effort to Repeal Phosphorous Ban Fails

Your dishes may not come out as clean from the dishwasher, but phosphorus will continue to be banned in dishwashing detergents sold

Amendment Would Bar Lobbyists from Holding Seat in Legislature

A proposed constitutional amendment would leave one Utah lawmaker without a seat on Capitol Hill. Republican Representative Paul Ray wants to ban

Cuts threaten Utah Schools for Deaf and Blind

State school board officials say unexpected budget cuts could force them to shut the doors of the Utah Schools for the Deaf

Senate Supports Child Safety Bill Amid Concerns

The Utah Senate gave the thumbs-up this morning to a bill that makes it a crime to leave a child alone in

Anti-Fee Bill Picks Up Steam

The Utah House of Representatives delivered good news today for unincorporated Salt Lake County residents who are sick of paying a fee

Teen Driver Cell Phone Ban Returns to Legislature

Utah teens would be doing a lot less talking on the road, under a bill that cleared a Senate committee yesterday. Senate

Senator Says Medicaid Payment Changes Would Benefit All

While the federal health reform law’s mandate to purchase health insurance may be getting the most attention, some Utah lawmakers are focusing

Lawmakers Debate Politics of Direct School-Board Election

Lawmakers in the House Education Committee agreed yesterday Utah voters should be able to directly elect state school board members, but they

Same-Sex Adoption Bill Fails to Advance

The hopes of gay and lesbian couples wanting to adopt children in Utah were quickly dashed Monday, after a bill that would

Senate Passes Big Changes to Independent Commissions

Utah Senate lawmakers voted today to limit the role of two independent state commissions tasked with reviewing tax policy and constitutional revisions.

Oda Gun Bill Narrowly Passes Committee

All Utahns would be allowed to openly carry a gun near a school, day care or college if a GOP-sponsored bill makes

Resolution Urges Congress to Act on Immigration, or Give Authority to States

Several bills in the Utah legislature this year aim to deal with illegal immigration on the state level. And lawmakers in one