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‘No-promo Homo’ Bill Passes Out of Legislature

-Audio below- (KCPW News) A measure striking down a school curriculum statute known as “no-promo homo” passed through the Utah House with

Utah Women Take Day Off to Meet With Lawmakers

-Audio below- (KCPW News) Utah lawmakers faced a sea of red at the Capitol on Wednesday for A Day Without a Woman,

ABU Update: At the Finish Line – Appropriations, Alcohol Reform, and Homelessness

On the final day of the 2017 Utah State Legislative Session, Roger McDonough and Chase Thomas talk about various funding priorities, about

Governor Herbert Optimistic as Legislature Wraps Up

(KCPW News) With just two days remaining in the Utah state legislative session, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is optimistic about the direction

Climate Change Resolution Fails in House Committee

(KCPW News) A resolution asking lawmakers to acknowledge and work to address the effects of climate change failed in a House committee

ABU Update: Grocery Tax Withdrawn, Education Funding Advances, Money for Roads

With the session winding down, today’s update focuses on various funding and tax measures – including a now-withdrawn proposal to increase the

ABU Update: Alcohol Revisited and Banning Criminal History Questions on Job Applications

KCPW’s Roger McDonough is once again joined by Alliance for a Better Utah’s Chase Thomas for an update on alcohol-related measures at

ABU Legislative Update: Zion Moats? Behemoth Alcohol Bill Unveiled

This week in the legislature: a massive alcohol bill emerges, and Utahns may be swapping ‘Zion Curtains’ for ‘Zion Moats.’ Also, considering

New Homeless Plan: Two Salt Lake City Sites, One in S.L. County, Road Home to Close

(KCPW News) Local officials unveiled a new plan for homelessness in the greater Salt Lake Valley on Friday. The plan means that

ABU Legislative Update: Concealed Carry, Instant Runoffs, Striking ‘No Promo Homo’

This Thursday’s Better Utah Legislative Update includes a look at efforts to lower the age at which a person can get a

ABU Legislative Update: Another Lands Resolution, Voting Amendments, Rape-Kit Testing

Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the 2017 Utah State Legislative Session, KCPW’s Roger McDonough speaks with Alliance for a Better Utah’s Chase

ABU Legislative Update: Appropriations to Public Lands Lobbyists, Judicial Diversity, Good Landlords

Chase Thomas from Alliance for a Better Utah joins KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about funding requests at the legislature related to

Outdoor Company Executives Deliver Public Lands Ultimatum to Utah Governor

(KCPW News) Executives with more than 30 outdoor recreation companies have signed a letter calling on Utah Governor Gary Herbert to defend

ABU Legislative Update: Ed Spending, End of Life Amendments, Pre-Marriage Counseling

As the 2017 Utah Legislative Session nears its halfway point, KCPW’s Roger McDonough speaks with Alliance for a Better Utah’s Chase Thomas

Bill Authorizing Short Term Rentals Advances at Legislature

(KCPW News) A committee in the Utah House of Representatives on Monday advanced a bill related to home sharing services such as those offered

ABU Legislative Update: Elections Changes, Rape Kit Testing and Cleaner School Busses

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning KCPW’s Roger McDonough speaks with Chase Thomas, Policy and Advocacy Counsel with Alliance for a Better Utah

State Senator Taking to ‘Facebook Live’ to Connect with Constituents

(KCPW News) Social media is changing the way people consume news and information, the way journalists connect with the public, and the

ABU Legislative Update: Sex-Ed Bill Fails, Monument Resolution Gets Governor’s Signature

The third week of the Utah State Legislative Session is now underway. For a check of what lawmakers are working on, every

Protestors and State Leaders Respond to Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

(KCPW News) President Donald Trump’s executive order barring some immigrants and refugees from entering the United States moved Utahns to action over

Panel Explores Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees, the University of Utah College of Social Work organized

ABU Legislative Update: Electric Cars, Solar Panels, and the Commission on Federalism

A fourth of the way through the 2017 Utah State Legislative Session, KCPW’s Roger McDonough and Alliance for a Better Utah’s Chase

Committee Advances Bill to Ban Abortions by Telemedicine

(KCPW News) A committee in the Utah House of Representatives this week considered a bill that would expand so-called telemedicine services in

ABU Legislative Update: Monument Resolutions, Scaled Back Expectations on Medical Marijuana

It’s now the second week of the 2017 state legislative session. To get caught up on what’s happened since their last conversation,

House Speaker Unveils Resolution Urging Undoing of Bears Ears

(KCPW News) Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes on Thursday filed legislation that would urge President Donald Trump to rescind the

ABU Legislative Update: Commissions and Boards, Alcohol, State of the State

During the this year’s meeting of lawmakers, KCPW’s Roger McDonough will be joined regularly by Chase Thomas, Policy and Advocacy Counsel with

Measure to Eliminate Political Affiliation Requirement on Commissions and Boards Advances

(KCPW News) After occasionally contentious debate, the House Government and Operations Committee on Tuesday voted to forward a measure that eliminates a

ABU Legislative Update: Priorities for the 2017 Session

Monday marked the beginning of the 2017 Utah State Legislative Session. Throughout this year’s meeting of lawmakers KCPW’s Roger McDonough will be

Women’s March on Utah Capitol Aims to Send Message to Lawmakers

(KCPW News) Utah women and allies rallied at the state capitol on the first day of the 2017 Utah State Legislature. The

Legislative Session Opens with Calls to Address Homelessness, Undo Bears Ears

(KCPW News) Following his ceremonial, unanimous re-election as Speaker of the Utah House, Draper Republican Representative Greg Hughes laid out his priorities

KCPW Presents: “Utopiah” Migrant and Refugee Stories

With 65 million living as refugees and migrants, the world has never had more forcibly displaced people than it does now. In