State Government Archive

Bill to Open Liquor Stores on Some Holidays Clears House

Utah liquor stores could be opening their doors a few more days in the coming year. Monday, the House of Representatives passed

Hatch Promises Win in Tough Re-election Battle

Senator Orrin Hatch was in Utah today, speaking to the legislature about what he’s doing in Washington and defending his 36-year record

Governor Not Fond of Plans to Overturn City Ordinances

Utah Governor Gary Herbert may be siding with local governments on a few bills being considered this legislative session to overturn local

Governor Tells Utah Women They Can Have Both a College Degree and Family

Women who want to be homemakers in Utah should aspire to graduate from college just the same as women who plan to

New GRAMA Bill Advances Unanimously

Following last year’s uproar over major changes to Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act, or GRAMA, a bill that makes smaller

Politics Up Close: Western Energy Alliance & Revamping Department of Environmental Quality Boards

A new study in Eastern Utah’s energy-rich Uintah Basin is being called the most comprehensive air quality study ever done in Utah.

Liquor Bills Meet Different Results in Legislative Committees

State lawmakers gave the green light to one of three bills considered Tuesday that would revamp some of Utah's liquor laws. As

Utah Gets $171 Million in Mortgage Fraud Settlement

Utah residents who suffered abusive practices from big banks and lost their homes to foreclosure during the mortgage crisis are getting some

State Lawmakers Worried About UTA Debt

State lawmakers are looking for a silver lining in the Utah Transit Authority's mounting debt dilemma. A legislative audit revealed in January

Air Quality Study in Uinta Basin Called Most Comprehensive Study Ever

The oil and gas-rich Uinta Basin in eastern Utahis the focus of a new air quality study, one that’s being called the

Bill Would Create Incentive for Hiring Homeless Employees

Employers would get rewarded for hiring the homeless, under a bill being proposed this legislative session. Thursday, lawmakers in the House Revenue

Proposed Payday Lender Regulation Rejected

One new proposed regulation for payday lenders in Utah won’t be passed out of the legislature this year. This morning, lawmakers voted

New Clean Air Initiative Relies on Voluntary Efforts, Not Regulation

A new, statewide initiative to improve air quality won’t include any new regulations, but purely voluntary efforts. As Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Legislation Would Allow Eminent Domain Action for Oil and Gas-related Roads

Property owners in Utah could be forced to sell their land for new energy-related purposes if a proposed bill makes it out

Education Office Developing Open Textbooks

A new plan from the Utah State Office of Education will likely save local school districts a lot of money when it

Victims of Nuclear Testing Radiation Remembered

It was 61 years ago today that nuclear testing began on the Nevada Test Site, as many residents of Salt Lake Cityand

Politics Up Close: John Swallow running for AG, SL Chamber 2012 Priorities

As Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General, Republican John Swallow has battled against the federal government on issues like health care reform and

Air Quality Task Force Bill Gains Momentum

Although Utah leaders frequently participate in efforts like the Clean Air Challenge, 2012 looks to be the year the Utah Legislature could

Senate Looks to Protect Voters’ Email Addresses

Registered voters in Utah may no longer have to worry their email addresses will be made public when registering to vote, if

State Engineer Discusses Approval of Water Rights for Proposed Nuclear Plant

The fate of a proposed nuclear power plant in Utah’s Emery County is now in the hands of the federal Nuclear Regulatory

Legislative Session Begins with Optimism

The 2012 session of the Utah legislature will feature a lot of familiar issues, as lawmakers once again tackle the state budget

Democratic Party Cuts Check for Redistricting GRAMA Request

The Utah Democratic Party decided Monday to deliver a check to the Legislative Records Committee instead of fighting over the $5,000 fee

Water Rights Approved for Nuclear Plant

Utah State Engineer Kent Jones has approved water rights from the Green River for Blue Castle Holdings’ proposed nuclear power plant in

Politics Up Close: 2012 Legislative Session Starts Monday

Monday marks the start of the 2012 session of the Utah Legislature. So far, it seems all sides agree that education funding

Leading Business Group Backs Statewide Nondiscrimination Law

Utah’s largest business association, the Salt Lake Chamber, is calling on Utahns to make “big decisions” as the 2012 legislative session begins

DWS Director Says Social Programs Have Too Many Work Exemptions

The Executive Director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services says the state and federal governments need to take a closer look at

Poll Shows Education is Priority for Utah Voters

Utah residents say education should be the state’s number one priority during the 2012 legislative session, according to an annual statewide poll

Utah Economy Forging Ahead in 2012, According to Economic Outlook

An overview of Utah’s economic outlook in 2012 shows the state will likely feel the effects of the European debt crisis, but

New Rule Expands Definition of “Massage”

At the end of this month, any Utah business that offers light touch or stroking of the body as a service without

Soon-to-Be GOP Senator Focuses on Transparency, Public Education

The newest lawmaker to join the Utah Senate is no stranger to GOP politics in the state. This week, former Utah Republican