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Utah lawmakers now have $581M in additional revenues

Lisa Riley Roche,dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:12pm

Lawmakers now have a total of $581 million in additional revenues to spend this session — and that's not counting the $80 million windfall expected as a result of federal tax changes.


Utah senator day drinks before presenting bill to delay state's new .05 percent DUI law

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:10pm

Sen. Jim Dabakis had two mimosas after breakfast and tested his blood alcohol content Thursday before presenting a bill at the Capitol proposing to delay Utah's .05 percent DUI law.


Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:09pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.

Utah House votes to restrict noncompete contracts in broadcast media

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:02pm

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would restrict the use of noncompete contracts in the broadcasting industry in Utah.

Bill allowing mothers to breastfeed in public passes in Utah House

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:59pm

Nursing mothers would be free to breastfeed their babies in public places under a bill the Utah House passed Wednesday.

Utah lawmakers advance resolution calling on attorney general to directly sue opioid manufacturers

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:56pm

State lawmakers Wednesday advanced a resolution urging the Utah attorney general to sue opioid manufacturers "to hold them accountable for the destruction and devastation they have inflicted upon the citizens of the state."

Controversial water bills taking aim at Salt Lake City

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:54pm

Water law reform measures that have been changed multiple times and spring from decades of tension between Wasatch Canyons property owners and Salt Lake City earned legislative committee approval Wednesday. A push to have them studied failed.

Utah Senate passes ban on law enforcement ticket quotas

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:51pm

The Senate passed a bill that prohibits law enforcement quotas from being placed on officers.

Wealthy independent enters Wyoming US Senate race

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:50pm

A businessman who says he's prepared to spend at least $1 million of his own money announced Thursday that he's running against Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso as an independent.

The Latest: Pennsylvania congressmen sue over district map

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:33pm

The Latest on Republican challenges to Pennsylvania's congressional map (all times local):

Utah House panel OKs bill reducing time to declare if gathering voter signatures

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:46am

A bill cutting the period of time candidates have to declare they're gathering voter signatures for a place on the ballot to just a week was advanced Wednesday by the House Government Operations Committee.

Panel gives nod to bill that waives fees for IDs for homeless

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:39am

A committee OK'd a bill to waive the fees for government IDs like birth certificates for homeless people.

Democrat Jenny Wilson takes aim at Republican Mitt Romney's response on gun violence

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:45am

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson took aim Wednesday at Republican Mitt Romney's "tepid" response on gun violence in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:18pm

A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.

Utah lawmakers declare 'Orrin Hatch Day,' share stories honoring retiring senator

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:29pm

Members of the Utah Legislature declared Wednesday "Orrin G. Hatch Day" and honored the retiring U.S. senator from Utah with their own stories from his 42 years in office.

Democratic turnout in Texas up for nation's first primary

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:37pm

Democrats in Texas are early voting in bigger numbers ahead of the nation's first primary elections of the 2018 midterms.

Maine ethics panel won't investigate once-anonymous GOP site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:29pm

Maine ethics commissioners say they won't investigate a once-anonymous website owned by a state Republican official.

The Latest: Governor focusing on court order for new map

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:15pm

The Latest on Republican efforts to stop new a congressional map in Pennsylvania (all times local):

Utah Legislature passes resolution honoring Sen. Orrin Hatch

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:00pm

Utah's Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday honoring retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.