Legislative Coverage Archive

No iPads for Utah Students Next Year: Legislature Kills One-to-One Bill

(KCPW News) House Speaker Becky Lockhart has withdrawn her signature one-to-one initiative to inundate Utah classrooms with laptops and tablet computers. The bill

Herbert Touts Good Jobs Numbers in Utah

(KCPW News) Recent data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services has the state’s unemployment rate down to 3.9%, the lowest it’s

Wood Burning Bill Moves to Senate

(KCPW News) A bill that would restrict wood burning in Utah passed the House on Thursday afternoon. HB 154, sponsored by Democratic

Better Utah Legislative Recap – Day 38

(KCPW News) Each day of this year’s legislative session we’ve been joined by Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better

UT Rep. Trying to Tear Down ‘Zion Curtain’

(KCPW News) Few issues crystalize the alcohol debate in Utah better than the so-called Zion Curtain. Supporters deem it a necessary protection for

Air Quality Standards Revision Bill Moves to Senate

(KCPW News) A bill that would revise the way Utah’s Division of Air Quality sets regulations on pollution passed the Utah House

Convention Hotel Bill Passes House

(KCPW News) Last year, a plan to bring a convention center hotel to downtown Salt Lake City was narrowly defeated in the Utah

LGBT Community Shares Its Story with Utah Pols

(KCPW News) It’s been weeks since an LGBT non-discrimination bill gasped its last breath in the Utah legislature. Ultimately, the Senate Republican

Better Utah Legislative Recap – Day 31

(KCPW News) Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah joins KCPW’s Roger McDonough for a daily recap from the

Amid Funding Questions, Technology in Education Bill Moves to Full House

(KCPW News) A much-heralded plan to introduce more technology in Utah’s classrooms was heard in a legislative committee on Wednesday. Dubbed the Public

Better Utah Legislative Recap – Day 29

(KCPW News) On today’s Better Utah legislative recap, Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah looks at air quality

Medicaid Expansion Proposals Gradually Arrive at Legislature

(KCPW News) Plans for how to proceed with Medicaid expansion in Utah are starting to reveal themselves in the Utah legislature. Plans from

Bill to Regulate Use of Drones in Utah Advances

(KCPW News) A bill that would place some restrictions on the use of drones in Utah is one step closer to becoming

Bill Would Require Warrant for Cellphone Location Info

(KCPW News) A bill requiring Utah law enforcement officials to get a warrant before collecting cell phone data made its way out

Better Utah Legislative Recap – Day 25

(KCPW News) Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah joins KCPW’s Roger McDonough for a daily recap from the

Debate Over Count My Vote Intensifies as SB 54 Passes Senate

(KCPW News) A day after the so-called “Count My Vote” bill passed its second reading in the Utah Senate, Sen. Curt Bramble’s

Despite Reservations, Count My Vote Bill Passes First Senate Vote

(KCPW News) Back on Tuesday, Republican Sen. Curt Bramble foresaw some contentious debate on his bill SB 54, so he went ahead

Herbert Critical of Several Legislative Proposals

(KCPW News) In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Gary Herbert expressed some difference in opinion with Utah legislators on several key

U.S. Rep. Stewart Visits Utah Legislature

(KCPW News) The U.S. Representative for Utah’s 2nd District spoke to both chambers of the Utah legislature on Tuesday.  Stewart gave an

Utah Eagerly Awaits Tier 3 Fuel, Automobile Relief

(KCPW News) At the beginning of the legislative session, air quality emerged as a major concern for Utahns and a top priority

Utah Lawmaker Wants Breathalyzers in Bars

(KCPW News) Jukeboxes and pinball machines are mainstays at most Utah bars, but House Majority Whip Greg Hughes wants to add another machine

Swallow Investigators Suggest Changes, Make New Discoveries

(KCPW News) A host of bills have been introduced in this legislative session in response to wrongdoings by former Attorney General John

Bill Subsidizing NSA Data Center Stirs Debate in Senate

(KCPW News) If there’s anything legislators don’t like, it’s other people making decisions without telling them. On Tuesday, some senators felt like that

Bill Regulating Lobbyists Passes Committee Test

(KCPW News) A bill that would require more regulation of lobbyist activity passed a Senate committee on Monday. SB 97, sponsored by

Pre-K Extension Proposal Passes Hurdle

(KCPW News) A bill that would extend preschool to at-risk students gained the favor of a House committee on Thursday after about

Herbert to Legislators: Join the ‘Common Sense Party’

(KCPW News) Governor Gary Herbert made himself available to the media on Thursday, and a handful of topics were broached during the 25-minute

Air Quality Bill Tabled in Senate Committee

(KCPW News) At the moment, Utah law stipulates that the state’s clean air standards cannot surpass federal standards in stringency. However, given the

Bill Limiting Personal Campaign Contributions Gets OK

(KCPW News) A bill that would require individuals to report election contributions of $1,000 or more has moved on through a House

Urquhart, Supporters Stand By LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

(KCPW News) On Friday, Republican Senator Steve Urquhart reaffirmed his support for his LGBT non-discrimination bill, SB 100. At an afternoon press

Governor Herbert Delivers State of the State Address

(KCPW News) Governor Gary Herbert delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday night. He gave a roughly 25-minute address to the