Legislative Coverage Archive

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,

Lawmaker Joins GOP After Losing Election

Two term Representative Christine Watkins walked out of the state’s last legislative session as a Democrat, but she hopes to return to

Hotel Master License Could Free Up Dozens of Liquor Licenses

A Utah lawmaker wants to free up dozens of liquor licenses using the state’s hotels. Republican Senator John Valentine is drafting a

Changes Could be Coming to Utah’s Court System

(KCPW News) Changes could be coming to Utah’s court system. The Legislative Judiciary Committee met the Capitol Wednesday to discuss moving all

Sandy Senator, Wayne Niederhauser, Elected to Lead Senate

Republican Senator Wayne Niederhauser has been elected the next president of the Utah Senate. ​Friday, the Sandy Senator beat Senate Majority

Shumway Concerned about Funding, Education Governance in Final State of Education Address

“We cannot have the best school system in the country and be the lowest in the country in funding.” State Superintendent Larry

Politics Up Close: Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Gov. Herbert’s Environmental Adviser

Progressive public policy is the goal of Democratic State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck. The Salt Lake City lawmaker has served in the legislature

Chon Confirmed As Judge Despite Committee Rejection

Despite being rejected by the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee, Su J. Chon, one of Governor Gary Herbert’s choices to replace two retiring

Public Weighs in on Immigration Discussions

What should Utah’s immigration laws look like in the future? A commission designed to help answer that question heard from the public