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Legislature: Vaping tax, campus civil liberties measures advance

KSL.com Staff  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:43pm

A Utah legislator's measure that would see a hefty tax on vaping products was somewhat usurped this week in the state legislature by a committee that recommended a smaller tax instead.

Bill advances to restore U.S. 6 as Grand Army of the Republic Highway

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:20pm

A Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War wore an historic military uniform Friday to see the House Transportation Committee unanimously advance a bill restoring U.S. 6 as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.

Campus civil liberties resolution headed to final passage

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:56pm

The Utah House of Representative on Thursday gave its final approval to a resolution that affirms the civil liberties of students at Utah's public colleges and universities.

29 percent tax increase on vaping products moves forward at Utah Legislature

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:45pm

A Utah lawmaker's bid to slap an 86.5 percent tax increase on vaping products was muted Wednesday by a House committee, which recommended a 29 percent tax hike instead.

Utah House votes to ban A.G., other state offices from fundraising during legislative session

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:38pm

The Utah House passed a bill Thursday banning campaign contributions to the attorney general, lieutenant governor, state auditor and state treasurer while the Legislature is in session.

Govs fear for election security amid Russian cyberattacks

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:56pm

Will your vote be safe this year from foreign adversaries working to undermine U.S. democracy? Some of the nation's governors aren't so sure.

Armani rejects overdone emotion, Ferragamo favors color

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:40pm

Fashion and politics clashed Saturday in Milan's main squares and runways, as protesters rallied ahead of Italy's divisive national election and designers at Milan Fashion Week showed off their own visions of what the future should look like.

Resolution commends Jordan School District for natural gas school bus fleet

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:27pm

A resolution commending the Jordan School District's fleet of natural gas-powered buses was advanced unanimously Friday by the House Transportation Committee.

Bill inspired by elected official's struggle with dementia now in governor's hands

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:32am

A bill inspired by the controversy that swirled around former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott received official approval from the Utah Legislature on Friday. It needs one more signature, from Gov. Gary Herbert, before it can become law.

Revised transportation task force bill would hike state sales tax to 4.85%

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:25pm

A sweeping transportation bill that overhauls how UTA is managed now would raise the state sales tax by 0.15 percent starting in 2019 to raise $80 million annually for mass transit projects.

Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:51pm

President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to States."

California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:07pm

California Democrats struggled to narrow the field Saturday in several U.S. House races critical to the party's hope of taking back Congress in the midterm elections.

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Mary Clare Jalonick and Chad Day, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:29pm

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia.

The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:19pm

The Latest on the California Democratic Party's convention (all times local):

Senate calls for more action on postpartum depression and anxiety

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:09pm

A resolution which identifies postpartum depression and anxiety as "a serious statewide public health issue" was approved Friday by the Senate in a unanimous vote.

Salt Lake residents sound off on northwest quadrant development

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:01pm

Salt Lake City residents on the west side expressed concerns to lawmakers about proposed development in the city's northwest quadrant.

UN unanimously demands a 30-day cease-fire across Syria

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:14pm

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

5 techy things in the Utah Legislature

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:28pm

From self-driving cars to drones, here are five tech-centric bills on Capitol Hill.

Paul Ryan: 'We're going to win' despite midterm challenges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:47am

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's confident Republicans will triumph at the polls in November, while at the same time acknowledging that midterm elections are often tough for the president's party.