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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Measures to clear Utah's murky wintertime skies are working their way through the Legislature. Efforts include a $20 million push for clean-fuel school buses, limits on wood-burning stoves and local sales tax increases to pay for better commuter bus routes. Many of the proposals have been passed by the House, but some have died and others could be sidelined.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he may veto a bill being pushed by House Speaker Becky Lockhart that would allocate millions for a technology overhaul in state classrooms. Lockhart has asked for $200 million to $300 million to equip each student with a digital tablet and train teachers on how best to use the devices in their lessons. Republican leaders in the Senate have proposed setting aside $26 million for the program.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig won't seek re-election at the end of the year. Seelig made the announcement yesterday after eight years as a state representative. She is stepping down to finish her doctorate in political science. Seelig has held the post of minority leader for two years, and is the first woman to hold the position.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate unanimously voted yesterday to give final approval to a bill to set some early restrictions on law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial systems. It advances to the House. Sen. Howard Stephenson says privacy protections are needed now as drone technology improves and is more widely used.
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