Monthly Archive:: March 2011

Education Sees More Funding Than in Recent Years

In the final days of the legislative session, lawmakers are making decisions about the largest part of the state’s budget: education. And

Higher Ed, Parks Lose Funding in Latest Budget Plan

While public education gets more funding in the legislature’s latest budget plan, state parks and higher education are taking bigger hits than

Moratorium Aimed at Yalecrest Clears House

Any Yalecrest residents hoping their neighborhood becomes a historic district will probably have to wait at least a year. This morning, the

Online Petition Urges Guv to Veto GRAMA Restrictions

When the Utah House and Senate quickly passed a bill to restrict Utah’s open records or GRAMA law late last week, they

Legislature Holds Off on GRAMA Overhaul

The Utah Legislature has backed off its plans to immediately implement an overhaul of Utah’s public records law. As KCPW's Whittney Evans

R or D? State School Board Candidates May Have to Choose

State school board candidates could soon be running as Republicans or Democrats. Senate Bill 224, sponsored by Republican Senator Howard Stephenson, was

Three Immigration Bills Ready for Governor

After a lot of compromise between the Utah House and Senate, and a late-night debate Friday, three Utah immigration bills are now

Herrod: I’ll Help Sue Utah Over Illegal Immigration

A Republican lawmaker is fuming over a guest-worker bill that cleared the Utah Legislature late Friday night, attracting national attention for allowing

Lawmakers May Reconsider GRAMA Changes

The Utah legislature may recall a controversial bill that restricts Utah’s open records law.

GRAMA Restrictions Ready for Governor’s Signature or Veto

It’s now up to Governor Gary Herbert to decide whether the public and media will be barred from accessing text messages, voice

Education Wins, Corrections Loses in Latest Budget Plan

With four days left in the legislative session, lawmakers will be talking numbers, finalizing a budget for 2012 that will likely have

Salt Lake Among Most ‘Toxic’ Cities, Group Wants More Clean Air Legislation

A “dirty” label has been attached to Salt Lake City by Forbes magazine. The publication ranked Utah’s capital city as the ninth

Politics Up Close: Charter Schools & the Legislature

Chris Bleak, President of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, talked with us about what’s at stake for charter schools up

Politics Up Close: Peaceful Uprising’s Ashley Anderson

After two years of delays, Tim DeChristopher was just convicted on two federal charges for disrupting an oil and gas lease auction

Politics Up Close: Attorney General Mark Shurtleff

Some immigration bills in the Utah legislature this year have been incredibly divisive. Others, however, are earning broad, bipartisan support. Utah Attorney

Legislative Magazine Article Highlights Utah Immigration Bills

The immigration bills passed by the legislature this session could set the stage for what several other states aim to do in

Jury Finds DeChristopher Guilty on Two Counts

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher told a crowd of supporters he’s prepared to go to prison, after being found guilty Thursday in federal

Ex-Smokers Defend E-Cigarettes After Lawmaker’s Attempted Ban

Flavored e-cigarettes and other nicotine products aimed at ex-smokers are the target of State Representative Paul Ray, who’s trying to ban them

Hatch’s “Dumb-Ass” Remark Doesn’t Go Unnoticed

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch helped Utah State University’s student newspaper get a lot of attention this week. The senator was recently quoted

UTA Bill Causing Feud Between Representatives

A bill that has gotten stuck in the Utah legislature is causing a conflict between two lawmakers on opposite sides of the

Tim DeChristopher Guilty

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher has been found guilty of disrupting a federal oil and gas lease auction in December, 2008. DeChristopher bid

New Forbes Ranking Not As Likely to Please Utah Leaders

State leaders celebrated last year when Forbes ranked Utah number one in the country for business. But they won’t be celebrating a

Fredd Krupp Delivers Nature of Things Keynote Lecture

Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, delivered the keynote lecture of the 2011 Nature of Things series on March 2

Divisive Online Ed. Expansion Clears Senate

A bill that gives Utah students more options for taking online courses cleared the Senate yesterday. But as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports,

Proposed Cuts to CDBG Program Could Mean More Utah Homeless

Homeless shelters, senior centers and Head Start preschools in Utah are at risk of losing critical funding as the debate over federal

Historic District Moratorium Closer to Becoming Law

A bill that imposes a one-year moratorium on new historic districts is only one vote away from being sent to the governor’s

Utah House Rejects Bill That Would Make Leaving a Child Unattended In a Car a Misdemeanor

The Utah House of Representatives rejected a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to leave a child in a car under

Bus Driver Fired for Stopping at DeChristopher Rally

An on-call bus driver for Salt Lake City School District has lost his job after driving fifth-grade students to the federal courthouse,

Think Tank: Film Incentive is Bad Deal for Taxpayers

A proposal to increase the tax incentives and rebates given to film and TV producers that shoot in Utah won broad support

Latest Immigration Bill Gets Broad Support

After heated testimony from the community, the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 7-1 to move what’s being called a “comprehensive immigration