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Utah House passes bill to criminalize fake urine used to cheat drug tests

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:25pm

The Utah House of Representatives voted 61-8 on Friday to pass HB16, which would make it illegal to use synthetic urine to defraud a drug test.

Sponsor of Utah hate crimes bill struggling to get support in Senate

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:35pm

A majority of Senate Republicans aren't behind hate crimes legislation to enhance the punishment for targeting victims because of race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, Senate President Stuart Adams said.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court

Ariane De Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:48pm

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Friday to participate in the regular closed-door conference meeting among the nine justices, the court announced.

Sen. Mike Lee: Trump emergency declaration legal, but should it be?

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:16pm

Sen. Mike Lee says it appears President Donald Trump acted within the law when he declared a national emergency at the southern border Friday.

Orrin Hatch Foundation wants $2M from Utah Legislature for politics center

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:47pm

A foundation created to maintain retired GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch's vast collection of U.S. Senate papers wants $2 million in taxpayer dollars from the Utah Legislature.

Trump administration approves 2 coal mining projects in Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:51am

The Trump administration on Thursday announced the approval of two coal mining projects in southern Utah, including one nestled between two national parks in the state's red rock region.

Lawmaker says he won't try to repeal controversial SB54

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:01am

Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, said he no longer intends to try to repeal a controversial law known as SB54 that gives candidates an alternative path to a primary ballot.

House committee to consider bill allowing sexual violence protective order requests

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:41am

Current law does not allow for people who encounter sexual violence outside current or former romantic relationships, such as from acquaintances, to apply for protective orders. A bill discussed by Utah lawmakers this week would give them the option.

Ex-Massachusetts governor to challenge Trump for GOP nod

Holly Ramer and Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:01am

William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts who two years ago ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket, has become the first Republican to announce a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries.

Amazon decision a win for Democrats' rising left wing

Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:58pm

What is happening to the Democrats?

Utah Republicans raise questions about national emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:22pm

Utah Republicans are questioning President Donald Trump's expected declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bill to block Utahns from changing sex on birth certificates dropped

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 14th - 1:47pm

A bill that would restrict Utahns from changing their sex listed on their birth certificates has been dropped.

Boren's attorney describes university probe as 'persecution'

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 1:17pm

An attorney for former University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Thursday Boren denies any inappropriate behavior during his more than 20 years at OU and described a university probe as a "character assassination."

Utah legislator pitches bill to limit powers of local government

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 14th - 12:14pm

House Bill 288, pitched to the Utah House of Representatives last week in the 2019 legislative session, has sparked controversy across the state over who should control critical infrastructure materials.

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper supports universal health care

Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 12:02pm

John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado who is considering a run for president in 2020, said Thursday he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it.

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly's campaign raises $1.1M since launch

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 2:56pm

Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning.

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 2:03pm

The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election will have two heats with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds.

Court gives final approval to redrawn House map in Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 12:55pm

A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case.

Colorado Democratic Sen. Bennet set to visit Iowa this month

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 12:11pm

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet plans to travel to Iowa this month to meet with Democratic activists in the early presidential caucus state as he considers entering his party's 2020 White House field, his aides said Thursday.