Legislative Coverage

State Gun Bill One Step Closer to Passing Legislature

Utah has an official state vegetable, state rock and state cooking pot. And now, it’s one step closer to having a state gun. House Bill 219 passed on a 51-to-19 vote this morning on the House floor and now goes to the Senate. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on the heated debate leading up to the vote.

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Matheson’s Take on State of the Union

In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama touched on several themes that should appeal to a conservative state like Utah, like cutting the deficit, slashing corporate taxes and even repealing No Child Left Behind. But he also talked about investing in things like fixing roads and clean energy, which some say is just more federal spending.

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Spice Ban, Regulation Moves Forward in Committee

Utah is getting closer to controlling the sale and use of spice. Two spice-regulating bills earned unanimous recommendations in legislative committees yesterday after lawmakers discussed the possible dangers and lack of research on the marijuana copycat. KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports.


Advocates: No Utahns are Disposable

Social service advocates gathered at the Utah Capitol’s dumpster Tuesday, hoping to send the message to lawmakers that there are no disposable members of society. The group held signs and handwritten letters protesting expected cuts to health and human services.


Legislative Dems Stress Ed. Funding Amid Budget Cuts

Democratic Utah lawmakers say education is their top concern during this year’s session, and that means more funding. But as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, Republican leaders are set on making sure the amount of money coming in isn’t less than the amount that’s being spent, and that means cutting $313 million.

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Durham Says Cuts Will Halt Progress in the Courts

Delivering the annual State of the Judiciary Address to Utah lawmakers, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine Durham said any further budget reductions to the state’s third branch of government would halt progress that’s being made in the court system. KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports.

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