Legislative Coverage Archive

Senate Approves Target Shooting Regulation for Fire Prevention

(KCPW News) The state Senate approved legislation on Tuesday that would give Utah’s state forester the power to restrict target shooting when

Utah Democrats Issue Call to Governor for Medicaid Expansion

(KCPW News) Utah Democrats held a press conference this afternoon urging Governor Gary Herbert to sign on to the federal Medicaid expansion.

Lawmakers Debate Grants for Tablets and Smartphones in Schools

(KCPW News) Legislation that would increase the number of tablets, smartphones and computers in Utah classrooms was held in the Senate Education

$9 Million Requested for UTA Passes to Combat Pollution

(KCPW News) A funding request at the legislature would make UTA busses and trains free in January and July. KCPW’s Roger McDonough

Resolution Aims to Prepare Utah for Shortage of Federal Funds

(KCPW News) A crisis in federal funds is coming, according to a resolution wending its way through the Utah State Legislature this

Utah Outdoor Recreation Office One Step Closer to Being a Reality

(KCPW News) Legislation that would create the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation made its way out of the Senate Government Operations and

Bill to Allow Temporary Weapons Surrender Endorsed in Committee

(KCPW News) One of the six gun-related bills heard yesterday at the Utah Legislature would let gun owners turn their weapons over

Prison Relocation Bill Held After Abridged Debate

(KCPW News) A proposal to move the Utah State Prison was debated during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and

Bill Seeks to Help Drug Convicts Get Fresh Start

Utah lawmakers are working to make it easier for some convicted criminals get a fresh start. Republican Representative Eric Hutchings, is sponsoring

Topaz Museum Seeks Funding from Legislature

(KCPW News) Lawmakers heard a funding request to help build a museum to memorialize the Topaz internment camp during a subcommittee meeting

Dating Violence Bill Passes House

Utah is one step closer to stepping up its dating violence laws. Today the Utah House voted to pass a measure that

Arguments Made in Utah Immigration Law Case

(KCPW News) Civil rights attorneys argued for making permanent an injunction against a contentious immigration enforcement law on Friday afternoon, while protesters

Salt Lake City Mayor Becker Calls for More to be Done on Air Quality

Local community leaders hope 2013 will be the start of cleaner air. Thursday, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined forces with

Bill to Require CPR Training in Schools Approved in Committee

(KCPW News) A bill that would require high school students to learn CPR passed out of committee on Wednesday afternoon despite questions

Health Care Advocates Concerned About Proposed Legislation

(KCPW News) Some proposed, but not-yet-numbered legislation has health care advocates in Utah worried that lawmakers aim to reject Medicaid expansion in

Governor Herbert Talks Air Quality

Governor Gary Herbert took time to address air quality during a news conference Tuesday at the Utah Capitol. Herbert told reporters that

Joint Resolution on United Nations Agenda Approved in Committee

(KCPW News) A joint resolution that calls for the rejection of a somewhat obscure United Nations document passed out of a Senate

Scholarships Bill Moves Forward After Debate on Diploma Program

(KCPW News) A bill that would increase the minimum standards for getting Regents’ and New Century Scholarships was moved forward from a

Education Task Force Bill Passes in Senate, Sent to House

A bill that would create a task force to improve financial literacy education in Utah schools passed the Senate this morning and

Bill Aims to Help Parents Talk to Kids About Sex

One Utah lawmaker wants to make it easier for parents to talk to their kids about sex education. This morning, a bill

Utah Democrats Unveil Package of Bills to Address Air Quality

On Monday Utah Democrats announced legislation aimed at addressing air pollution in the state. The announcement comes after several groups have demanded

Committee Approves Bill to Reauthorize Veterans Task Force

A legislative committee on Monday approved a bill to reauthorize a Utah task force charged with helping veterans make a smoother transition

Changes to Who Can Enter Smoke Shops in Utah

Who should be allowed in smoke shops? One Utah Representative says no one under the age of 19. That’s why he is

Doctors Promote Bill to Ban Smoking With Kids in Cars

(KCPW News) A group of doctors and school children were at Utah’s Capitol on Friday, trying to secure support from lawmakers for

Capitol Display Draws Attention to Senate Autism Bill

(KCPW News) Supporters of a bill to get insurers to cover children with Autism created a colorful display in the capitol rotunda

Canyonlands Resolution Held for Year of Further Study

A resolution calling for greater protection of Utah’s Canyonlands was held over for a year of study on Thursday after Republican lawmakers

Dating Violence Bill Passes Committee, Still Has Challenges Ahead

Victims of dating violence may soon have more protection under Utah law. Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that offers

Utah’s Seat Belt Laws Could Get More Strict

Stricter seat belt laws could be coming to Utah. Wednesday, a bill that would require seatbelts to be worn on Utah’s highways

Utah Resolution Would Urge Congress to Tackle Online Sales Tax

(KCPW News) A resolution to get online retailers to collect sales tax from Utah buyers passed unanimously out of committee today. House

Bill Offering Tax Credit for Hiring the Homeless Passes the House

(KCPW News) Utah is one step closer to helping the homeless find a job. Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill