Hate crimes bill stalls, Utah lawmakers avoid climate change declarations, Mike Noel’s land is scrutinized

The latest attempt to increase penalties for hate crimes dies without getting a hearing in the Legislature. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers are wary to acknowledge human culpability. And a Montana conservation group says Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, did not properly disclose that he owned land within the monument.

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