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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Legislature has an interesting cast of characters that includes a former high-flying circus performer and a Santa Claus impersonator. Lawmakers have spent most of their time debating serious societal issues during the session that ends Thursday, but some also took time to tell The Associated Press about some fun facts about their lives outside the Capitol.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Senate has approved a bill that would require doctors to inform women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills, despite some saying there's little evidence to back up that idea. Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Keven Stratton says that the plan would help to inform women about their options.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers spent the final day the 2017 session deciding the fate of bills covering a range of hot-button conservative topics such as guns and abortion. They spent Thursday closing out a term that may be best remembered for big changes to the state's notoriously strict liquor laws. The session's end came after lawmakers a day earlier voted to ease rules hiding the preparation of alcoholic drinks in restaurants and approved a measure giving the state the country's toughest DUI threshold.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is suing his former employer to pay the $1.1 million in legal fees he spent to defend himself against bribery allegations that were dismissed. Shurtleff alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes broke his promise to stay clear of the case by ordering a county attorney assigned to the case to dismiss charges to avoid burdening the state with legal fees. Reyes denies the accusation.
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