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News roundup: Young Republicans fine with same-sex marriage, gay rights

First Published      Last Updated Mar 11 2014 07:36 am

Unlike the old guard, young Republicans fine with gay marriage. Lawmakers reject Speaker Lockhart's ed funding plan. Herbert signs Count My Vote compromise.

Happy Tuesday. While Republicans have made a push to keep marriage between a man and a woman, their younger supporters don't think it's that big of a deal. A new poll shows some 60 percent of GOP voters age 18-29 are fine with same-sex marriage. Even more among that group supported allowing gay couples to raise children. [

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Legislative leaders have agreed to a budget without any funds for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's $200 million proposal to put more technology in schools . [

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-> The Senate passed a proposal to expand Medicaid that would also give Gov. Gary Herbert the power to negotiate a better deal with the feds. [

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-> Herbert signed the comprise election reform bill to preserve Utah's caucus systems and create a second path for candidates to get on a primary ballot by collecting signatures. [

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Happy Birthday:

To National Press Club's Sarahanne Driggs.

On the Hill:

Three more days and counting. Today's schedule [

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-> Proposals to raise gas and property taxes, both which passed the Senate, will not be heard in the House. [

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-> The House passed legislation allowing Utah to have the first presidential primary in 2016 and all the voting would be online. [

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-> The House killed a proposal to put limits on campaign donations. [

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-> Legislation creating an Election Day voter registration pilot program passed the House. [

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-> A proposal providing standards and protections for bars that install Breathalyzers passed the House. [

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-> The Senate gave its nod to a bill that would ban texting or using a cell phone while driving unless making a phone call or using GPS. [

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-> The House agreed to a bill clarifying that carrying a gun by itself does not constitute disorderly conduct. [

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-> Legislation to overhaul the state court system was shelved and sent to be studied. [

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-> The House rejected a resolution calling for a constitutional convention to adopt a federal balanced budget amendment. [

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-> The Senate passed legislation putting more restrictions on what people can do on their phones while they drive. [

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-> The House passed a proposal adding a second written test before new drivers can get their license. [

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-> State lawmakers are again looking at getting rid of constitutional notes on legislation -- which have been pesky annoyances when trying to fight the feds. [

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-> The session is wrapping up, but lawmakers still have many clean air bills left to consider. [

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-> Legislation awaiting action on the Senate floor would make electric vehicles a more viable option in Utah. [

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-> Legislation to fix the state-administered fund for cleaning up after leaky underground petroleum tanks passed the House. [

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-> The House killed a bill to put a tax break on premium cigars in order to discourage smokers from purchasing them from out-of-state. [

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-> The House passed legislation to give a tax credit to employers if they hire someone who is homeless. [

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