Monthly Archive:: March 2011

Herbert, Lawmakers “Awarded” for HB477

A representative from the Society of Professional Journalists traveled to Utah yesterday to present an award of sorts to Governor Gary Herbert

A Different Buttars Could be Back at the Capitol

Former State Senator Chris Buttars is out, but another Buttars could be taking his place. His daughter Christie Buttars Giles has announced

Longtime Ambassador Visits Salt Lake

Ambassador Christopher Hill has represented the United States in many countries, most recently Iraq, where he served from 2009 to 2010 under

Ogden Nondiscrimination Ordinances Get Unanimous Support

Two Ogden city ordinances unanimously adopted by the city council last night protect the LGBT community from discrimination in employment or housing,

Utah Governor Signs Immigration Reform Bills, Says They Could be Model for Other States

Less than a week after the legislative session concluded, Governor Gary Herbert gathered with other Utah leaders at the capitol Tuesday as

Hanson Gives Jordan River Commission Direction

The commission tasked with improving the quality of the Jordan River and surrounding areas has a new Executive Director. As KCPW’s Whittney

U of U Holds Meeting Over Election Attacks, Vandalism

Student elections at the University of Utah have taken a nasty turn. Voting is underway, but the two parties along with the

GOP Lawmaker Wants Caucus Meetings Open

A Republican state lawmaker is pitching a bill that would require the House and Senate GOP to keep their caucus meetings open.

New Blood Vies for State Democratic Party Seat

With Utah Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland saying he may not run for re-election this year, other Democrats are planning to vie

Can Stakeholders Agree On GRAMA?

One state lawmaker who’s involved in reworking a controversial open-records law that limits access says parties on both sides of the issue

Bars React to Discounted Drink Ban

A new law that bans discounted drink specials at bars and taverns is set to take effect July 1st. While “happy hours”

Higher Education Costs Going Up

With higher education taking a hit in the 2012 budget approved by the Utah legislature, the costs are likely to be passed

Company Undeterred in Effort to Bring Nuclear Power to Utah

For the past three years, a Utah company has been working to bring a nuclear power plant to the state. Now, after

Nature Conservancy Scientist Warns of Energy Sprawl

While clean energy technology can revolutionize the nation’s power supply and economy, exactly where that power is developed is key to preventing

Snowbirds “Mountain Coaster” Stirs Controversy

Opponents of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort’s plans to build a 3,000 foot roller coaster that crosses Little Cottonwood Canyon will hold

Millcreek One Step Closer to Becoming a City

The unincorporated part of Salt Lake County could be getting smaller. At a meeting Friday, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and

Politics Up Close: Mayor Ralph Becker

Salt Lake City was the target of a moratorium on local historic districts during the legislative session, creating a conflict between residents

Politics Up Close: Legislative Round-Up

Thursday night marked the end of 45 days of budget, education, and open records debates at the Utah Legislature, as Senators and

Legislative Session Ends with Capitol Protest

Education reform, illegal immigration and restricting open records dominated the 2011 session of the Utah legislature, which wrapped up last night at

Buttars Explains Retirement to KCPW

In an announcement from the Senate floor late last night, State Senator Chris Buttars declared his retirement after serving 11 sessions in

Bennett Works With Wilderness Society

Former three-term Utah Senator Bob Bennett is lending a hand to The Wilderness Society in his political retirement. The Republican will collaborate

Salt Lake City Has New Tool for Parking Ticket Dodgers

If you haven’t paid your parking tickets in Salt Lake City, your car will soon be at risk of getting a SmartBoot.

Legislative Interns Share Their Experiences

It takes a lot to make the Utah legislature run. Between the lawmakers, attorneys, and security, it’s easy to forget the dozens

Ray Plans Another Bill Targeting Nicotine & E-Cigarettes

Republican Representative Paul Ray’s anti-nicotine bill didn’t get very far this year, but he's already planning a similar campaign for the year

Governor Discusses Open Records, Immigration, Budget

It won’t be implemented until July, but Governor Gary Herbert is still getting calls for HB 477, which restricts Utah’s open records

Groups Urge Governor to Veto Undocumented Worker Bill

Groups that are typically at odds on most political issues are finding common ground as they call on Governor Gary Herbert to

House Passes Bill Limiting Responsibility of State Commissions

A bill that would allow Utah’s Constitutional Revision and Tax Review commissions to convene only when requested by the Governor or the

State Superintendent Discusses Ed. Funding

After all is said and done at the Utah Legislature this year, it looks like public education will be the biggest winner

Hospitals Not Liable for Hiring Bad Doctors

A bill that prevents victims of medical malpractice from suing a hospital for employing an unqualified doctor cleared the House last night.

School Bus Advertising Bill Clears Senate

A bill that would allow school bus ads to bring in cash for school districts is close to becoming law. Republican Representative