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The Latest: N. Carolina candidate's son warned methods shady

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:12pm

The Latest on a hearing outlining a ballot fraud investigation in an undeclared North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized (all times local):

Two proposed Utah gun laws — including 'Lauren's Law' — stall, while others advance to House floor

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:16pm

Days after the one-year anniversary of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, Utah lawmakers had a busy morning deciding which new gun legislation would get a chance at a vote on the House floor.

Lawmakers seeking to protect college students, legalize betting on horse races  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:34am

Here is a roundup of some of the latest stories coming from the Utah State Capitol this legislative session.

Bill that would give Utah among strictest abortion law lengthened from 15-week window to 18 weeks

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:01am

The sponsor of a bill that would have given Utah one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country has revised the bill to allow abortions up until 18 weeks gestation rather than 15 weeks.

Utah K-12 education funding drops for first time in 7 years, report states

Lauren Bennett, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:00am

Voices for Utah Children, a nonprofit focused on children's healthy development, released its Utah Children's Budget Report Tuesday.

GOP candidate's son had concerns about political operative

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:34pm

The son of the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional election testified Wednesday that he warned his parents that he thought the North Carolina political operative now accused of illegally collecting voter's ballots used shady methods and should be avoided.

Analysis: Sanders may not need 2016 magic to be 2020 force

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 10:26pm

Can Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recapture the magic that fueled his first presidential campaign?

Utah House OKs bill to require doctors to discuss opioids with patients before prescribing

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 8:29pm

The House voted favorably on HB191, which would require physicians to discuss the risks of addiction, dangers of mixing opioid medication with other substances, reasons why the prescription may be necessary and other options with patients.

Utah House passes tweaked bill loosening restrictions on local anti-idling ordinances

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 8:03pm

After a previous version of the bill failed in front of a committee, the Utah House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a watered-down bill to allow cities slightly more power to enforce anti-idling ordinances.

Hate crimes bill will get hearing this session

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 4:06pm

Sen. Daniel Thatcher pumped his fist into the air Tuesday after a majority of his fellow Senate Republicans agreed his hate crimes bill should get a committee hearing.

O'Rourke won't rule out being vice presidential candidate

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:42pm

Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate — even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the presidency.

'Good faith' bill making fixes to Utah medical marijuana law advanced by committee

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:47pm

A bill making what were described as technical changes to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act passed in a special legislative session last year was unanimously advanced by a Senate committee Tuesday.

The Latest: Sanders' 2020 campaign raises $4M in half a day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:49pm

The Latest on Sen. Bernie Sanders' announcement that he is running for president in 2020 (all times local):

Utah lawmaker pushing bill to legalize betting on horse races

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:12am

Gambling may be illegal in Utah, but a lawmaker is pushing a bill that would legalize betting on horse races.

Utah bill to mandate 911 call in emergency fails in House vote

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:09am

Members of the House voted Tuesday against a bill to require someone with personal knowledge of a serious bodily injury or emergency to call 911 with a vote of 26-44.

GOP lawmakers continue to question whether Utah governor's tax target is 'realistic'

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:03am

Gov. Gary Herbert told Utahns that the state sales tax rate could drop to just 1.75 percent under what he's calling a tax modernization plan that imposes new taxes on services on top of a tax cut.

Bill intended to protect young Utah college students from 'predatory professors,' sponsor says

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:52am

The House Education Committee gave unanimous support to HB287 Tuesday, legislation that adds college professors and teaching assistants to state law defining adults in a position of special trust.

Freshman Utah congressman holds town hall in GOP stronghold

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:01am

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams fielded questions involving the border wall, impeaching President Donald Trump and other issues during his first town hall meeting in a Republican stronghold of his Utah district.

The Latest: Georgia voting problems highlighted at hearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:51pm

The Latest on a congressional field hearing in Atlanta on voting problems (all times local):