Utah Legislature Archive

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.

Lawmakers Drawing Closer to Finalizing Budget

With less than a week left in the session, House and Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to fund the

Most Lawmakers Say Change is Good for Department of Community and Culture

Despite concerns from affordable housing groups over a plan to split Utah’s Department of Community and Culture, that bill is one step

Senate Approves Online Gambling Ban

The Utah Senate approved a bill this morning to keep online gambling illegal in the state as the federal government moves to

Lawmaker Amends Resolution on Connecting Ski Resorts

A legislative resolution to support connecting Salt Lake County and Summit County ski resorts is being amended to satisfy environmental groups and

Occupy SLC Protests Corporate Involvement in Legislative Process

Occupy Salt Lake protesters made their way back into the spotlight Wednesday at the Utah Capitol, but didn't draw much attention from

Tanning Restrictions Close to Becoming Law

A bill restricting the use of tanning beds by minors will soon be on Governor Gary Herbert’s desk, after the Utah House

Diversity Training Bill Voted Down

Should members of the Utah legislature be required to learn more about the changing demographics of the state and how to be

Rally Motivated By Repeated Failure of Nondiscrimination Bill

Enough is enough. That’s what some in Utah’s LGBT community are saying after a nondiscrimination bill considered by the state legislature failed

Bill Allows Cities to Impose Tax Hike to Bury Power Lines

Cities across the country and Utah are opting to bury their power lines instead of stringing them overhead, and one Democratic state

Landlords Angered by Changes to Bill

So called “mom and pop” landlords, or those who operate small-scale apartment complexes, are fuming over changes that were made yesterday to

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

Senate Approves Pledge of Allegiance Bill

A bill that requires individual classrooms in Utah to recite the pledge of allegiance every school day got unanimous support in the

Paraeducator Funding for Failing Schools Passed by Senate

Utah’s failing schools may be getting some help in the form of paraeducators, after a bill to help pay for them cleared

Tax Break for College Grads Advances

A tax break for Utah college students who stay and work in the state got mixed reviews from lawmakers this morning in

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