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

First Published Mar 11 2014 05:58AM      Last Updated Mar 11 2014 07:36 am

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Kristan Frahm, of Clinton places a wedding ring on the finger of her wife, Rachel Frahm, as they are married at the Hampton Inn Suites in Ogden, Utah Monday, December 23, 2013. Volunteer clergy were performing marriage ceremonies for couples across the street from the Weber County Clerk's Office in downtown Ogden.

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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Tweet of the day:

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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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