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Bill to eliminate criminal penalties for truant students' parents fails

KSL.com  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:18pm

A bill that would eliminate criminal penalties for a parents of truant children was defeated in the Senate by a tie vote and a committee voted to pursue the acquisition of Bears Ears National Monument. Here is the latest roundup of what's happening on the hill:

Presidential Trump says 'join forces' for new greatness

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 11:28pm

Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump called for overhauling the nation's health care system and significantly boosting military spending Tuesday night.

Trump delays new travel ban after well-reviewed speech

Laura Jarrett, Ariane De Vogue and Jeremy Diamond CNN  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 10:38pm

President Donald Trump late Tuesday night scrapped plans to sign a reworked travel ban via executive order the following day and will now wait until later this week to sign the order, a senior administration official told CNN.

Herbert says he's optimistic after meeting with President Trump

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 7:30pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, back in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association, met with President Donald Trump Monday and had multiple meetings with Vice President Mike Pence. Health care reform and state's rights were major themes.

Donald Trump gives himself C grade for messaging, A in achievement

Eugene Scott, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 3:41pm

Approval ratings for Donald Trump's job performance have been at historic lows, but the President's own report card of his performance has high marks.

Q&A: What next in the long battle over Texas voter ID law?

David Saleh Rauf, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 2:20pm

President Donald Trump's administration has abandoned an Obama-era challenge to a 2011 Texas voter ID law that is among the toughest in the nation. Civil rights groups are still contesting the Texas law in federal court, but without the muscle of the federal government behind them. Here are answers to key questions about the case so far— and where it goes from here.

'Green' disposal of human remains bill advances; workplace anti-discrimination bill on hold

KSL.com  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 10:32am

A legislative committee embarked on the squeamish discussion of a new way to dispose of human remains that could be covered and regulated under state law and a proposal that would expand civil remedies at the state level for workers filing discrimination claims failed. Here is a roundup of what's happening during the current legislative session.

AP-NORC Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:05pm

In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense.

Trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:15pm

President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

Senate passes bill allowing legal action on behalf of minors injured by pornography

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:32pm

A bill that would allow legal action to be taken on behalf of minors injured by pornography was unanimously passed by the Senate on Monday and now goes to the House.

White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:38pm

The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

Utah lawmakers unveil alcohol law reform bill

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:17pm

A state lawmaker unveiled a much anticipated Utah alcohol law reform bill Monday, though several key provisions remain in flux less than two weeks before the Legislature adjourns.

Spicer cracks down on White House leaks

Dylan Byers, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:02am

White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently checked his aides' cellphones to ensure they weren't communicating with reporters as part of an aggressive effort to stem the recent tide of White House leaks.

Utah GOP reverses decision to drop Count My Vote lawsuit

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:38pm

The Utah GOP is reversing its decision to drop a legal challenge of the Count My Vote election law change that allows candidates a pathway to a primary ballot by gathering signatures.

Lawmaker pushes for 'cooling-off period' to withhold officers' names in critical incidents

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 7:22pm

A Utah County legislator is sponsoring a bill to keep the names of officers involved in critical incidents secret for months to allow a "cooling-off period" for the public, but a former police chief and a media lawyer say it would do the opposite.

Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:27pm

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend.

Official: Ahlquist vows to register as governor candidate

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:21pm

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist has promised to file as a registered candidate for governor following a complaint, an Idaho official said Monday.

Feds rescind opposition to key part of Texas voter ID law

David Saleh Rauf, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:27pm

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is abandoning its longstanding opposition to a key aspect of Texas' toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law, costing voting rights groups their most important ally and possibly encouraging other conservative states to toughen their own election rules with President Donald Trump in charge.

Judge asks US election commission to weigh in on lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:29am

A federal judge has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to say whether its executive director had the authority to unilaterally require people to prove their citizenship in order to register to vote using a federal form in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.