Monthly Archive:: March 2012

Are Wolves Living in Utah County?

On Sunday, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel spotted what appeared to be four wolves while performing coyote control from a helicopter in

Pledge of Allegiance Bill Clears Another Hurdle

A bill requiring all public school classrooms to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily, led by a student, passed the Utah House

Longtime Democratic Leader Passes Away

Utahns from both major political parties are grieving the loss of a longtime party leader. Tuesday, they learned of the sudden passing

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

A divisive bill that would only allow Utah public schools to teach strictly abstinence-only sexual education is heading to the governor’s desk.

Lawmaker Strengthens Common Core Resolution

A resolution urging the State Board of Education to thoroughly evaluate its adoption of the Common Core standards developed by several states

CityViews 3/7/12: Confronting Suicide/Making Health Care Decisions

  Segment 1: Suicide Prevention   Utah continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the U.S., from teens to

Teacher Pay, Common Core Standards Among Top Education Issues this Session

Without fail, there’s always one issue that dominates much of the discussion during the Utah Legislature’s annual session: public education. This year,

Teacher Performance Evaluation Bill Receives House Approval

A bill that ties both pay and continued employment of teachers and school administrators to the result of yearly performance evaluations passed

Advocates Oppose Exemptions to Utah Indoor Clean Air Act

Legislation that bans huka smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act is

Two Prominent Democrats Announce Retirement From Utah Legislature

The Utah Legislature's minority party is losing two prominent members. Monday, two long-time Democrats, David Litvack and Karen Morgan, announced their plans

House Moves to Triple Abortion Waiting Period

The Utah House of Representatives approved a measure Monday that would require women in Utah to wait three days before getting an

Income Tax Contribution for Elementary Schools Fails By One Vote

A proposal to allow personal income tax contributions for elementary schools across Utah was narrowly rejected by the Utah Senate this morning.

CityViews 3/6/12: Ethics in Gene Research/Ethics and Technology

  Segment 1: Ethics & Genetics   DNA research can reveal a lot about you, from your ancestral roots to your susceptibility

House Approves Creation of MLK License Plate

Utah’s House of Representatives approved a bill today that creates a special license plate to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and

Liquor Stores Once Again in Jeopardy

The fate of several liquor stores now rests in the hands of the Utah legislature. Democratic Senator Ben McAdams says six stores

Controversial Health Compact Moves Forward

Utah is a step closer to joining a multi-state compact that would petition the federal government for state control of healthcare dollars.

Bill Seeking to Limit Federal Government’s Role in Rural Utah Passes House

A bill that would require the federal government to get permission from the legislature before providing assistance to Utah’s rural communities is

CityViews 3/5/12: The Problem with Prosecutors/Coyote Bounty

  Segment 1: “Prosecution Complex” The U.S. legal system is built on the ideals of fair trials and zealous representation. But University

Intruder Bill Clears Utah Senate

Homeowners would be protected from any liability if they injure an intruder while protecting their home or family under a bill passed

Politics Up Close: Caucus Meetings and Agriculture Recording Controversy

In less than two weeks, the Utah Republican and Democratic parties will hold neighborhood caucus meetings across the state. There, delegates will

Lawmakers Approve Reimbursement Hike for County Jails

The Utah House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill that increases the reimbursement rate the state pays to county jails for

Progress in Conflict Over Federal Lands?

This week, state lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a series of bills aimed at taking over public lands from the

Lawmakers Drawing Closer to Finalizing Budget

With less than a week left in the session, House and Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to fund the

Most Lawmakers Say Change is Good for Department of Community and Culture

Despite concerns from affordable housing groups over a plan to split Utah’s Department of Community and Culture, that bill is one step

Senate Approves Online Gambling Ban

The Utah Senate approved a bill this morning to keep online gambling illegal in the state as the federal government moves to

February 2012: David Williams featuring David Payne

February 2012’s featured Sounds From The Lounge Artist is  David Williams with David Payne along side him playing the Theremin David Williams

Lawmaker Amends Resolution on Connecting Ski Resorts

A legislative resolution to support connecting Salt Lake County and Summit County ski resorts is being amended to satisfy environmental groups and

House Approves Parent Education on Suicide, Drugs, etc.

A bill requiring school districts to offer an annual seminar to parents to distribute information about substance abuse, bullying, suicide prevention and