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Utah passes religious freedom bill with language to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination

Utah passes religious freedom bill with language to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 22 - 4:02 p.m.

Utah lawmakers on Thursday passed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act with language declaring their intent that the bill doesn't override the state's ban on conversion therapy.
Utah lawmakers consider ban on flavored vapes; business owners say it helps Big Tobacco

Utah lawmakers consider ban on flavored vapes; business owners say it helps Big Tobacco

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 22 - 8:03 a.m.

Utah lawmakers are advancing a bill to ban the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes in an effort to reduce the number of teens who vape.
Bill to 'simplify' lawsuit over Utah's abortion trigger ban passes House committee

Bill to 'simplify' lawsuit over Utah's abortion trigger ban passes House committee

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 7:35 p.m.

A Utah bill aimed at simplifying legal questions surrounding Utah's near-total abortion ban cleared a House committee Tuesday, though opponents accused Republicans of trying to impact ongoing litigation.
Nikki Haley to visit Utah next week ahead of Super Tuesday presidential caucus votes

Nikki Haley to visit Utah next week ahead of Super Tuesday presidential caucus votes

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 5:59 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley will visit Utah next Wednesday, ahead of the state's GOP presidential preference poll during caucus meetings on Super Tuesday.
Operation Underground Railroad announces new CEO to replace Tim Ballard

Operation Underground Railroad announces new CEO to replace Tim Ballard

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 3:39 p.m.

Operation Underground Railroad announced a new CEO Tuesday to replace ousted founder and CEO Tim Ballard. The organization replaced its board of directors earlier this month.
Utah House approves bill giving clergy legal protections for voluntarily reporting child abuse

Utah House approves bill giving clergy legal protections for voluntarily reporting child abuse

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 4:39 p.m.

The Utah House of Representatives approved a bill to provide legal protection to clergy who voluntarily report ongoing child abuse or neglect they learn of through confession.
Lawmaker introduces bill to repeal parts of Utah abortion clinic ban passed last year

Lawmaker introduces bill to repeal parts of Utah abortion clinic ban passed last year

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 8:34 p.m.

A new bill is aimed at clarifying legal questions around a hold placed on Utah's near-total abortion ban.
Gov. Cox predicts a Donald Trump victory in the upcoming presidential election

Gov. Cox predicts a Donald Trump victory in the upcoming presidential election

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 5:38 p.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Thursday he believes former president Donald Trump will win the 2024 presidential election thanks to Joe Biden's handling of the border.
'Our youth are addicted': Legislature advances pair of social media regulations

'Our youth are addicted': Legislature advances pair of social media regulations

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 7:38 p.m.

Lawmakers advanced bills to protect young people from the harms of social media use following emotional testimony from parents of a teen who died by suicide in 2022.
Utah Senate president applauds passage of religious freedom protections

Utah Senate president applauds passage of religious freedom protections

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 6:01 p.m.

The Utah Senate on Tuesday passed SB150 to codify federal religious freedom protections in state code.
'Ukraine is not the end,' Romney warns as Utah's senators split on emergency foreign aid

'Ukraine is not the end,' Romney warns as Utah's senators split on emergency foreign aid

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 8:05 p.m.

Utah's senators are split on a $95 billion foreign aid package Monday, with Mitt Romney calling it the "most important vote" senators will take.
Clergy reporting bill clears committee with unanimous support, heads to Utah House

Clergy reporting bill clears committee with unanimous support, heads to Utah House

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 5:04 p.m.

A bill to shield clergy from criminal and civil liability for reporting ongoing child abuse or neglect advanced through a Utah House committee on Friday.
What is a caucus? How to vote in Utah's Republican, Democratic presidential contests next month

What is a caucus? How to vote in Utah's Republican, Democratic presidential contests next month

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 9:59 a.m.

See how to participate in the upcoming Republican caucus votes and Democratic primary election for president on March 5.
Utah House opens resolution file to address Natalie Cline controversy

Utah House opens resolution file to address Natalie Cline controversy

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 3:47 p.m.

The Utah House of Representatives opened a resolution file to address a widely condemned social media post by State School Board member Natalie Cline.
Cox will send Utah National Guard, state troopers to southern Texas border

Cox will send Utah National Guard, state troopers to southern Texas border

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 1:14 p.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced Friday he is sending National Guardsmen and state troopers to the southern border in Texas.
Lawmakers considering impeachment of school board member Cline over controversial post

Lawmakers considering impeachment of school board member Cline over controversial post

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 10:23 p.m.

Some Utah lawmakers and LGBTQ advocates condemned a social media post from a State School Board member that implied a high school athlete was transgender.
Rep. Blake Moore calls for border solutions during meeting with Utah lawmakers

Rep. Blake Moore calls for border solutions during meeting with Utah lawmakers

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 6:04 p.m.

Rep. Blake Moore explained his position on a bipartisan immigration bill that recently failed in the Senate during a meeting with Utah House Democrats.
How lawmakers could amend DUI laws to address series of wrong-way crashes

How lawmakers could amend DUI laws to address series of wrong-way crashes

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 7:03 p.m.

Utah lawmakers are considering changes to the state's drunken driving laws in the wake of a series of fatalities caused by wrong-way drivers.
'Hot mess': Mike Lee slams bipartisan immigration deal, urges GOP opposition

'Hot mess': Mike Lee slams bipartisan immigration deal, urges GOP opposition

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 9:20 p.m.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee expressed outrage over a bipartisan immigration bill, which he called an "elaborate practical joke" and a "hot mess."
Utah seeks to clarify law on AI-generated explicit videos after fakes of Taylor Swift spread widely

Utah seeks to clarify law on AI-generated explicit videos after fakes of Taylor Swift spread widely

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 8:35 p.m.

A Utah lawmaker is looking to clarify state law prohibiting the distribution of computer-generated child sexual abuse material, highlighting a dark side of AI-generated content.
Utah lawmakers want social media companies to ditch algorithmic feeds, limit time for minors

Utah lawmakers want social media companies to ditch algorithmic feeds, limit time for minors

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 6:44 p.m.

State lawmakers on Monday unveiled their proposed changes to Utah's social media regulations, which would allow companies to avoid an assumption of harm.
Bill to legalize a Utah lottery is introduced, but don't bet on it

Bill to legalize a Utah lottery is introduced, but don't bet on it

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 7:32 p.m.

Rep. Kera Birkeland introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the lottery in Utah on Friday. But Senate and House leaders say the odds of it passing are not high.
Lawmakers want to crack down on speeding in school zones

Lawmakers want to crack down on speeding in school zones

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 3:08 p.m.

A Utah House committee has advanced a bill to increase fines for speeding in school zones or passing school buses while children are in the area.
Cox, Curtis to visit US-Mexico border amid debate over border bill

Cox, Curtis to visit US-Mexico border amid debate over border bill

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 1 - 12:00 p.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday along with Republican governors from 14 other states.
Utah could require device manufacturers to add content filters to phones, tablets for kids

Utah could require device manufacturers to add content filters to phones, tablets for kids

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 9:05 p.m.

A Utah lawmaker is proposing legislation that would force device manufacturers to enable obscenity content filters on devises used by minors.