Covering the 2021 State Legislative Session

KCPW’s daily coverage from the 2021 legislative session includes reports from the capitol and conversations with policymakers and legislative observers.

Do you have a specific story you’d like to see told, or a question about the legislative process you’d like answered? Email news@kcpw.org and then tune in weekdays during the session to stay up-to-date on this year’s meeting of lawmakers. Our most recent coverage appears below.

Find ongoing legislative coverage HERE.

$75 million fund would provide loans for projects of three Utah “authorities”

(KCPW News) A newly-unveiled bill to create a $75 million fund to issue loans for projects related to the Utah Inland Port Authority – and two other quasi-governmental entities – cleared a senate committee on Monday morning. Layton Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson’s SB243 would create a bank of funds to provide loans to cities, counties or others involved […]

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Utah Senate passes bill that would fund 988 suicide hotline

On Friday, a bill that would create an account to fund use of the 988 suicide hotline passed its final vote in the Senate unanimously. Senate Bill 155 would create the Statewide Behavioral Health Crisis Response Account which could be funded through legislative appropriation or through private donation. The account would then be used for […]

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Bill to tighten higher education harassment policy advances in Legislature.

(KCPW News) On Wednesday, a bill that would align Utah higher education harassment policy with the Supreme Court’s definition of harassment passed its initial vote in the Senate. The definition of harassment used in House Bill 159 comes from the 1999 Supreme Court case Davis Vs. Monroe County Board of Education, where the high court […]

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Resolution commemorating 2020 election passes Utah House – after significant changes

(KCPW News) A resolution recognizing Utah’s clerks and election workers for their efforts during the 2020 election cleared the Utah House of Representatives on Tuesday, but not before language endorsing vote-by-mail and commemorating the security of the recent election was stripped out.   House Concurrent Resolution 11, by Salt Lake Democratic Representative Joel Briscoe, sought […]

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Committee endorses extension for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls task force

(KCPW News) A bill that would extend the life of a state task force on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) easily cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday. The task force was created during the 2020 legislative session at the urging of the nonprofit group Restoring Ancestral Winds. The group pointed to data […]

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