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Radioactive waste bill passes; veto by Utah governor appears unlikely

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:34pm

A nuclear waste watchdog group is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill dealing with depleted uranium, a form of radioactive waste. The measure passed the House on a vote of 50-20 Friday morning and awaits his signature.

Water reform bills sail through committee

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 4:39pm

Three bills that propose to reform key provisions in areas of Utah's water law received approval Friday from the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Committee. One measure requires voter approval to amend the constitution.

Republicans now sizing up North Carolina congressional seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 3:33pm

The Latest on a new election being called in a disputed North Carolina congressional race (all times local):

2020 Democratic hopeful Klobuchar backs legalizing marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:34pm

Add Amy Klobuchar to the list of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who support legalizing marijuana.

New attempt to require seat belts on Utah school buses clears first legislative hurdle

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 1:13pm

Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, is making another attempt to require new buses to be equipped with seatbelts after a previous bill failed in the House two years ago — and Friday his bill cleared its first hurdle.

Expanding the map: 2020 Dems push past early voting states

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:12pm

to places other than the traditional early voting states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Big Utah budget surplus 'too good to be true,' could mean no tax cut, lawmakers say

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 11:41am

Projections of a $1.3 billion budget surplus turned out to be "too good to be true," Senate President Stuart Adams said Friday.

California GOP gathers to chart a course after 2018 defeats

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:58am

The 2018 election left California Republicans in dismal shape, with no statewide officeholders, just seven of 53 U.S. House seats, less than a quarter of all state legislative seats and third-place status in voter registration behind independents and Democrats.

Virginia Gov. Northam meets with civil rights leaders

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:06am

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to civil rights leaders Friday to "do everything that I can do bring good from what happened" after a scandal over a racist yearbook photo and an admission of wearing blackface imperiled his governorship earlier this month.

Democrats try to make gains with governors in 2019 elections

Melinda Deslatte, Emily Wagster Pettus and Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:28am

Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors' races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory.

Utah House passes bill that would cover college tuition and fees for needy Utah students

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:45am

Utah students of limited means would pay no tuition or fees for two years to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges under HB260, which passed the House on a vote of 69-3 on Thursday.

Abortion, socialism hot topics at Rep. Chris Stewart town hall meeting

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:00pm

Two top-of-mind issues for Rep. Chris Stewart riled up one of his constituents attending a midday town hall meeting at a Main Street eatery Thursday.

School safety bill passes Utah House on vote of 45-27

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:48pm

The Utah House of Representatives on Thursday voted 45-27 to pass school safety legislation created in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018.

Will Utah sales tax rate drop to 3 percent? Lawmakers waiting for latest revenue estimates

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:40pm

The much-anticipated tax reform plan that calls for adding sales taxes to services while lowering the state rate could be hit hard by a downturn in anticipated state revenues.

Gov. Hogan: No Trump primary challenge without major shift

Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:13pm

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he's not launching a primary challenge against President Donald Trump unless the president's political standing within his own party weakens dramatically.

Report: Millennial voter registration in Oregon soars

Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:34pm

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday touted the success of the state's unique automatic voter registration program, pointing to a new report that argues the "Oregon model" could be key to engaging millennial voters nationwide.

Utah lawmaker wants to require BYU police to follow open records rules or risk decertification

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:24pm

A bill aimed at forcing the BYU Police Department to follow the same open records rules that all other law enforcement agencies are subjected to or risk decertification has been introduced in the Utah Legislature.

Hickenlooper hires Iowa organizer as he considers 2020 bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:58pm

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has hired an Iowa organizer as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid.

Trump endorses Cornyn, who is wary of O'Rourke 2020 threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:04pm

President Donald Trump is endorsing Sen. John Cornyn for re-election in 2020, saying the chamber's No. 2 Republican "has done an outstanding job for the people of Texas."