Utah Legislature Archive

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

Politics Up Close: Rep. Kraig Powell on Open Caucus Meetings, Treasurer Candidate Christopher Stout

Today on the show, we talked with State Rep. Kraig Powell of Heber City about his effort's to open up caucus meetings

Centerville Bans Specialty Smoke Shops

A bill passed by Utah lawmakers earlier this year puts new requirements on smoke shops statewide, limiting where they can operate within

Utah Democratic Party Files GRAMA Appeal

After a year-long effort to make the legislature’s 2011 redistricting records public, the Utah Democratic Party presented its case to the state’s

UTOPIA Audit Reveals Financial Woes

A performance audit of the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA was presented to state lawmakers Wednesday at the Capitol. KCPW’s

State Task Force Looks to Help Veterans

State leaders want to help simplify life for Utah veterans. Hundreds of programs are available for the thousands who have served, but

Push for Latino Candidates in Utah Finds Success

Salt Lake City is seeing a large number of Latino candidates running for seats in state legislative races. A total of

Politics Up Close: ALEC Critics & Supporters, Salt Lake County’s FCOZ Commission

Depending on which person you ask, the American Legislative Exchange Council is a useful tool for state lawmakers to learn how to

Politics Up Close: Merrill Nelson runs for Utah House, County Council Candidate Sam Granato

Constitutional lawyer Merrill Nelson is looking to make a comeback to the Utah Legislature. After serving in the early 1990s, he’s running

“Education First PAC” Calls Legislative Primaries a Victory for Public, Higher Ed

Organizers of a political action committee called Education First say last week’s primary election results in the Utah Legislature are a good

Politics Up Close: Health Reform Reaction, Congressional Candidate Jay Seegmiller

Democratic Congressional candidate Jay Seegmiller served one term in the Utah House of Representatives after defeating the House Speaker back in 2008,

CPA Group Question’s Auditor Candidate’s Credentials

With the primary election just days away, one group is questioning the credentials of a Republican candidate for State Auditor after endorsing

Education Budget Error Fixed in Special Session

A $25 million shortfall in the state’s education budget was resolved yesterday in a special session called by the governor. Democratic Senator

Utah Legislature Votes to Add More Liquor Licenses

After months of discussion, more liquor licenses are about to be served to Utah restaurants. In a special session yesterday, the state

Lawmakers Hear Proposal to Ban Distracted Walking at Rail Crossings

Utah lawmakers heard a proposal by the Utah Transit Authority yesterday to outlaw distractions for pedestrians who are crossing railroad tracks. UTA

Special Session Set for Wednesday

Utah’s hospitality industry could get some relief this week. Governor Gary Herbert has called a special session of the legislature this Wednesday

Politics Up Close: State Auditor Auston Johnson, GOP Mayoral Debate Highlights

Auston Johnson has been Utah’s State Auditor for the past 17 years, and as he runs for re-election this cycle, is touting

Group Calls on State Lawmakers to Cut Ties With ALEC

The progressive-leaning open-government advocacy group Alliance for a Better Utah is calling on state lawmakers to withdraw their membership from the American

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