Legislative Coverage Archive

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

Effect of Climate Change on Utah Wildfires Debated at Legislature

(KCPW News) Legislation that for the first time would have acknowledged the science of human-caused climate change by the government of the

Minority Leader Wants to Make Cockfighting a Felony in Utah

(KCPW News) Cockfighting will join a list of cruelty to animal felony offenses in Utah, if Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis has

Parents Push for More Choice in Education

Several students and parents looking for more choices in education made their voices heard on Utah’s Capitol Hill Friday. This week marks

Concurrent Resolution by Lawmakers Endorses Israel

(KCPW News) Republican State Senator Curt Bramble, of Provo, is sponsoring a resolution that supports Israel’s “legal, historical, moral, and God-given right”

Legislation that Would Bar Sex Offenders from School Boards Challenged

(KCPW News) Legislation that would prohibit someone convicted of a sexual offense from serving on local or state school boards was held

Bill to Eliminate Straight Party Ticket Voting Killed in Committee

(KCPW News) A bill that would eliminate Straight Party Voting in Utah failed to pass out of the House Government Operations Committee today,

Utah Democrats Sound Alarm on Education

(KCPW News) Democrats held a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday decrying the state of education in Utah. The executive committee

Law Would Shrink Age Gap in Statutory Rape Cases

(KCPW News) Legislation that would narrow the age gap for adults and teenagers in statutory rape cases made its way out of

Senate Bill Would Increase Medical Student Levels at University of Utah

(KCPW News) The Utah Senate Education Committee unanimously endorsed a bill that would allocate 10 million dollars of annual funding to the

House Speaker Lockhart Pushes for Less Reliance on Federal Government

The 2013 legislative session kicked off Monday; and Utah lawmakers are already discussing what the next 45 day session will look like.

Freshmen Lawmakers Wading into New Responsibilities

Freshmen lawmakers are getting their bearings as the 2013 legislative session kicks off. KCPW spoke with two new members of the legislature

CPR Certification Could Become Mandatory for High Schoolers

(KCPW News) The Utah legislature will be discussing adding a new graduation requirement for Utah high school students during the upcoming session.

Lawmaker Wants to Boost Education Funding Through Liquor Sales

Liquor sales could begin funding public education, at least if one Utah lawmaker has his way. Republican Representative Jim Bird plans to

Utah Senator Wants to End ‘Boxcar’ Bills

Republican South Jordan Senator Aaron Osmond is hoping to bring more transparency to the state Legislature this year by running a bill

Utah Lawmaker Will Run ‘Open Carry’ Bill Again

Clearfield Representative Paul Ray wants to give gun owners more freedom. The Republican lawmaker is running a bill in the upcoming legislative

Utah’s Health System Reform Task Force Ends, Many Questions Remain

Since the spring, members of Utah’s Heath System Reform Task Force have been discussing how to best implement healthcare reform in Utah.

Public Offers Up Comments for State Medicaid Study

When the state legislature reconvenes in January they’ll be given a report outlining the cost/benefit analysis of expanding Utah’s Medicaid program. Yesterday,