Utah Legislature Archive

Task Force Talks Federal Health Care Implementation

State lawmakers once again rolled up their sleeves this morning at the state capitol to discuss how Utah will approach the implementation

Lawmakers Troubled By License Plate Scanning Plan

Utah lawmakers are debating whether automatic license plate readers, used by law enforcement to catch criminals, violate the privacy rights of Utah

State Prison System Will Be Full by 2015, Officials Tell Lawmakers

About 80 percent of those who are incarcerated in Utah suffer from some sort of addiction and a third of inmates are

New State Parks Director Vows to Keep Them Open

Utah’s new director of state parks says don’t plan on seeing park closures anytime soon. Fred Hayes, who took over the position

Utah Officials, UTA Break Ground on Sugar House Streetcar

All eyes were on Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake Wednesday as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined local and state

Politics Up Close: Mayor Ralph Becker and Sen. Todd Weiler

Salt Lake City’s budgeting process for next year is expected to be much smoother than in years past, with revenues up instead

Funding Miscalculation Leads to Resignation of Two State Education Employees

Two Utah State Office of Education employees have resigned after officials identified a miscalculation in next year’s education budget that resulted in

Politics Up Close: Jim Bradley, Stephen Sandstrom

Democrat Jim Bradley has been a longtime fixture in Salt Lake County politics. Serving as chairman of the county commission for four

Herbert Defends Signing Public Lands Bill

Governor Gary Herbert is defending his decision to sign a bill demanding the federal government transfer its public lands in Utah to

Lawmakers React To Abstinence-Only Bill Veto

Sex education, including discussion of contraception, will continue in Utah schools. Friday night, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed House Bill 363, which would

Concurrent Enrollment Courses in Danger Under Sex Ed Bill

Weber State University may be forced to drop a handful of its concurrent enrollment courses if Utah Governor Gary Herbert lends his

Herbert Discusses Re-Election Platform, Legislative Session

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s 2012 campaign kickoff last night came only five days after the end of the annual session of the

Abstinence-Only Bill Opponents to Rally at Capitol

The Utah Parent Teacher Association says Utahns are being misinformed about the controversial sex education bill that state lawmakers passed during the

With Legislative Threat Over, SLC Looks to Resume Work on Billboard Restrictions

Salt Lake City is back to fine tuning its regulation of electronic billboards now that efforts by state lawmakers to thwart the

Politics Up Close: Legislative Session Ends

The 2012 legislative session is now over. And with no immigration battles or open records fight, it was certainly calmer than 2011.

Legislative Session Ends with Less Controversy, More Education Funding

After 45 days of negotiating bills and budgets, the Utah Legislature wrapped up its business last night at midnight. KCPW’s Jessica Gail

Lawmakers Finalize State Budget

The 2012 legislative session concluded with lawmakers finalizing the details for the state’s $13 billion dollar budget Thursday. As KCPW's Whittney Evans

Utah Colleges May Soon Charge for Concurrent Enrollment

It looks as though many Utah high school students won’t be able to get college credit through concurrent enrollment courses for free

Superintendent Pleased with Response from U.S. Education Secretary

State Superintendent Larry Shumway received a prompt reply to a letter he sent U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week. Shumway wrote

Senate Approves Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

The Utah Senate approved a bill this morning that requires some welfare recipients in the state to be drug tested if they

Senate Compromises on Anti-Idling Ordinance Ban

The Utah Senate has passed a bill that was initially intended to thwart Salt Lake City's anti-idling ordinance. But as KCPW's Whittney

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

A divisive bill that would only allow Utah public schools to teach strictly abstinence-only sexual education is heading to the governor’s desk.

Lawmaker Strengthens Common Core Resolution

A resolution urging the State Board of Education to thoroughly evaluate its adoption of the Common Core standards developed by several states

Teacher Pay, Common Core Standards Among Top Education Issues this Session

Without fail, there’s always one issue that dominates much of the discussion during the Utah Legislature’s annual session: public education. This year,

Advocates Oppose Exemptions to Utah Indoor Clean Air Act

Legislation that bans huka smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act is

Two Prominent Democrats Announce Retirement From Utah Legislature

The Utah Legislature's minority party is losing two prominent members. Monday, two long-time Democrats, David Litvack and Karen Morgan, announced their plans

House Moves to Triple Abortion Waiting Period

The Utah House of Representatives approved a measure Monday that would require women in Utah to wait three days before getting an

Income Tax Contribution for Elementary Schools Fails By One Vote

A proposal to allow personal income tax contributions for elementary schools across Utah was narrowly rejected by the Utah Senate this morning.

Liquor Stores Once Again in Jeopardy

The fate of several liquor stores now rests in the hands of the Utah legislature. Democratic Senator Ben McAdams says six stores

Controversial Health Compact Moves Forward

Utah is a step closer to joining a multi-state compact that would petition the federal government for state control of healthcare dollars.