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Oh, to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how does the Utah Legislature love thee? Let me count the ways. The announcement this week from LDS Church leaders that they support legislation to protect gays and lesbians from housing, employment and public accommodation discrimination as long as religious liberties are also protected brought comments from legislators that indicated a shift from the body’s reluctance to entertain that issue in the past. “It drives a lot of what we do in the session when you have an announcement like …

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  • (Al Hartmann |  Tribune file photo)  
Former Utah Senator Jake Garn, left, enjoys a laugh with Richard Richards, a former chairman of the Republican National Commitee at the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University in 2009.  Richards was later honored in a ceremony where the Richard Richards Institute for Politics , Decency and Ethical Conduct at Weber State University was named in his honor. Richard Richards, Republican Party icon, dies at age 82
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Budget
Even with a surplus, Utah lawmakers eye budget cuts
Updated Jan 27 2015 09:48 am

Ohio Gov. Kasich promotes balanced budget amendment in Utah visit
Updated Jan 24 2015 05:51 pm

Utah’s tax burden hits 20-year low, rich-poor gap widens
Updated Jan 14 2015 08:38 pm

Herbert unveils a ‘darn good budget,’ seeks big boost in school funding
Updated Dec 11 2014 09:07 pm

Utah will have another $638M to spend thanks to spike in growth
Updated Dec 09 2014 10:36 pm

Pay commission: Give governor a 36.5 percent salary bump
Updated Dec 10 2014 03:00 pm

Highway projects: $1.2B in bonds proposed
Updated Dec 05 2014 08:48 pm

Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:56 am

Utah officials to feds: Pay up for public lands
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm

Utah ends budget year with $166M surplus
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm


Crime
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert favors moving prison to Salt Lake City, lawmaker says
Updated Jan 30 2015 10:56 pm

Utah-based anti-sex trafficking group releases documentary
Updated Jan 29 2015 12:59 pm

Two-pronged Utah prison debate: moving it, locking up fewer drug users
Updated Jan 29 2015 07:50 am

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes quits prison commission
Updated Jan 29 2015 07:39 am

Drugs, alcohol underlie 80% of crimes, Utah chief justice says; more funding for treatment a must
Updated Jan 27 2015 11:25 am

Utah lawmakers want task force formed to study police shootings
Updated Jan 20 2015 10:47 pm

A.G. Sean Reyes, Utah group played part in Colombian sex-trafficking sting
Updated Jan 21 2015 08:47 pm

West Valley Council votes to open records in Danielle Willard shooting
Updated Jan 15 2015 12:00 pm

West Valley leaders debate records release in Danielle Willard shooting
Updated Jan 10 2015 03:55 pm

Tooele open to prison, but not near Motorsports Park
Updated Dec 08 2014 10:12 pm


Culture
Utah Auschwitz survivor: ‘This story should not be forgotten. It could happen again.’
Updated Jan 29 2015 08:19 am

Will competing bills on gay rights, religious freedom get hearings in the Utah Legislature?
Updated Jan 27 2015 02:31 pm

Greg Hughes: Incoming House speaker scraps his way to top
Updated Jan 30 2015 11:39 pm

Former House Speaker Becky Lockhart remembered as pioneer, mom, friend
Updated Jan 24 2015 05:51 pm

Utah’s gender gap might not close till 2087
Updated Jan 23 2015 09:31 am

Dem leader in Utah says focus on religious liberty could hurt civil rights
Updated Jan 17 2015 11:33 am

Lawmaker wants to allow weapons on public transit
Updated Jan 08 2015 08:27 pm

Top Mormon leaders mostly Republican; two switch to unaffiliated
Updated Dec 08 2014 03:00 pm

Mia Love sidesteps colleague’s white supremacist scandal
Updated Jan 07 2015 10:43 am

Lockhart’s Legacy: First female speaker prides herself on collaborative style
Updated Jan 07 2015 12:14 am


Elections
Romney's friends say he's far from retired despite not running in 2016
Updated Jan 30 2015 10:16 pm

Utah Democrats name new executive director
Updated Jan 30 2015 09:59 am

GOP senators: Legislature unlikely to go back on Count My Vote deal
Updated Jan 28 2015 10:44 pm

Lawmakers use Swallow scandal to stall campaign-donation caps
Updated Jan 28 2015 12:51 pm

Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush to recognize ‘awkward’ situation in Utah meeting
Updated Jan 22 2015 10:38 pm

Utah Ex-Rep. Jim Matheson joins D.C. lobbying firm
Updated Jan 20 2015 10:31 pm

Portrait removal sparks controversy for Utah’s Chaffetz
Updated Jan 18 2015 01:29 pm

Rove: Romney must break out of shell for shot at White House
Updated Jan 26 2015 09:02 pm

Poll: Most Utahns do not want to return to caucus system
Updated Jan 26 2015 09:02 pm

Jon Huntsman disagrees with his dad, calls Utah Sen. Mike Lee ‘brilliant’
Updated Jan 13 2015 09:46 pm


Education
Lawmakers question governor’s highways-to-schools funding shift
Updated Jan 30 2015 04:01 pm

Utah governor calls for action on schools, health care, religious liberty
Updated Jan 29 2015 10:48 am

7 Utah legislators miss ethics training deadline
Updated Jan 13 2015 09:33 pm

Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:56 am

Education issue shows split between Love, Owens in Utah’s 4th district
Updated Nov 01 2014 05:13 pm

Senate panel OKs bill to rein in student-loan garnishment
Updated Mar 04 2014 08:35 pm


Environment
Air Force agrees to $219,000 fine in alleged mercury cover-up
Updated Oct 15 2014 04:27 pm

Utah governor: No surprises, no monument — for now
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm


Health
Obama commits to compromise on Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan
Updated Jan 06 2015 10:21 pm

Utah’s abortion rate at record low
Updated Dec 29 2014 10:54 am

‘His commitment ... has saved lives’: Pat Fleming leaves Salt Lake County post, but not his mental-health mission
Updated Dec 26 2014 05:41 pm

County proposes new regulations for e-cigarettes
Updated Dec 19 2014 11:09 pm

House GOP goes to school on most pressing state issues
Updated Dec 17 2014 01:00 pm

No Medicaid expansion deal reached in Utah
Updated Mar 14 2014 07:26 pm

Bill to raise smoking age goes up in flames
Updated Mar 03 2014 06:17 pm

Bill would allow insurance for infertility treatments
Updated Feb 21 2014 06:28 pm


Immigration
Utah speeders and Obama’s immigration actions linked in AG hearing
Updated Jan 29 2015 08:06 pm

Salt Lake City top cop defends Obama on immigration
Updated Jan 15 2015 10:57 pm

Congress’ Utahns back bill to thwart Obama’s immigration orders
Updated Jan 14 2015 10:18 pm

Utah hits 6-year low for immigrant driving privilege cards
Updated Jan 12 2015 07:00 am

Boehner’s embrace of GOP rebels nudges House caucus to right
Updated Jan 13 2015 11:39 am

Two in three Utahns dislike Obama’s immigration orders
Updated Dec 22 2014 10:33 pm

House votes to kill president’s immigration changes
Updated Dec 04 2014 10:03 pm

Utah joins 16 states in suit challenging Obama immigration orders
Updated Dec 03 2014 10:03 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz pounces on Homeland Security chief over immigration (with video)
Updated Dec 17 2014 02:56 pm

Utah scraps most of 'show me your papers' immigration law
Updated Nov 25 2014 10:53 pm


Local
Becker unveils plan to build 5,000 units of affordable housing in Salt Lake City
Updated Jan 29 2015 10:43 pm

County reaffirms support for ‘Healthy Utah’
Updated Jan 28 2015 12:49 pm

Becker orders Police Civilian Review Board reports be released to public
Updated Jan 29 2015 07:44 pm

SLC releases Dillon Taylor report; all Police Civilian Review Board findings to be public going forward
Updated Jan 24 2015 05:54 pm

Salt Lake City Council teeing up cuts to golf program
Updated Jan 20 2015 02:12 pm

Salt Lake County looking to create a ‘metropolitan township’
Updated Jan 22 2015 04:24 pm

Conflict of interest? Becker’s son director at city-subsidized program
Updated Jan 15 2015 10:16 pm

Becker lays out rays of sunshine in State of the City
Updated Jan 21 2015 03:54 pm

Fraser Nelson to lead innovation for Salt Lake County
Updated Jan 18 2015 09:42 pm

Hoberman Arch: Will it ever rise again?
Updated Jan 15 2015 11:57 am


Poverty
City Council skeptical of mayor’s homeless commission
Updated Jan 22 2015 10:01 pm

Poll: Majority of Utahns favor payday loan reform
Updated Jan 16 2015 01:48 pm

Salt Lake City Mission helps homeless usher in new year with warmth, hope
Updated Jan 01 2015 09:35 pm

Business interests pushing homeless shelter relocation, provider says
Updated Jan 22 2015 07:42 pm

Momentum building to move Salt Lake City homeless shelter
Updated Dec 18 2014 08:08 am

Morgan County has nation’s 12th lowest poverty rate
Updated Dec 19 2014 11:10 pm

Salt Lake City considers moving homeless shelter
Updated Dec 15 2014 08:27 am

U.S. mayors fear hunger, homelessness will rise under GOP Congress
Updated Dec 11 2014 10:15 pm

National report: Getting children out of poverty requires a two-generation approach
Updated Nov 13 2014 12:07 pm

Utah praised for initiative to end chronic homelessness
Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm


Security
Utah’s Stewart named to Intelligence Committee
Updated Jan 15 2015 11:58 am


Transportation
Lawmakers question governor’s highways-to-schools funding shift
Updated Jan 30 2015 04:01 pm

New drivers could face additional test
Updated Jan 30 2015 10:01 am

Lawmakers may erase new law that helps enforce texting ban
Updated Jan 30 2015 10:01 am

Free transit cards offered to help clean air
Updated Jan 30 2015 09:57 am

Study: Utah’s local roads deteriorating amid declining funds
Updated Jan 28 2015 10:14 pm

UTA says bond refinancing saves it $77.7 million
Updated Jan 29 2015 10:49 am

Raise Utah’s gas tax or reform it? House and Senate divided
Updated Jan 30 2015 06:36 pm

Steam locomotive returning to Heber Valley Railroad
Updated Jan 23 2015 09:30 pm

‘Lethal loopholes’ in Utah road safety laws criticized
Updated Jan 22 2015 11:41 am

Price tops list of Utah cities with shortest commutes
Updated Jan 21 2015 09:25 am

Welfare