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Budget
Legislature backs big bump in student spending, smaller than guv wanted
Updated Mar 05 2015 11:11 pm

Revenues rosy as budget building begins
Updated Feb 19 2015 11:37 am

Utah’s mild winter brings (some) snow-removal savings
Updated Feb 16 2015 03:02 pm

Salary for Utah governor may see 36 percent bump
Updated Feb 13 2015 11:44 am

Economic development or pork on parade? $241 million in requests to Utah Legislature committee
Updated Feb 18 2015 04:16 pm

Boat registration fees may rise $10
Updated Feb 12 2015 03:00 pm

County calculating impact of cheap gas, no snow
Updated Feb 11 2015 11:10 am

10-cent-a-gallon Utah gas tax hike proposed
Updated Feb 09 2015 11:12 am

Utah liquor stores can’t keep workers; lawmakers mull $500,000 cut to DABC
Updated Feb 03 2015 12:05 pm

Even with a surplus, Utah lawmakers eye budget cuts
Updated Jan 27 2015 09:48 am


Crime
Utah House leaders’ new plan would give guv, Legislature veto on prison site
Updated Mar 04 2015 10:20 pm

Salt Lake City Police Chief Burbank: I don’t profit from Taser connections
Updated Mar 04 2015 08:03 am

House eases restrictions on police aerial drones
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:39 pm

Criminal-justice reform gains Utah House approval
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:34 pm

Brother of executed Utah killer Ronnie Lee Gardner opposes reviving firing squad
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:17 pm

Senate passes bill making cockfighting a felony
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:16 pm

Bill would allow dispatchers to retire after 20 years instead of 30
Updated Mar 02 2015 09:42 pm

Republicans embrace prison reform, and their liberal counterparts
Updated Mar 01 2015 02:52 pm

Where will the prison go? List expands to five potential sites
Updated Feb 27 2015 10:57 pm

Utah panel OKs bill boosting drug treatment, reducing sentences
Updated Mar 02 2015 01:52 pm


Culture
Equality Utah concerned about bill allowing government employees to refuse to perform gay marriages
Updated Mar 05 2015 10:21 pm

‘I think we’re going to make history together’: LGBT groups, LDS Church close to final religious liberty/nondiscrimination bill
Updated Mar 04 2015 02:18 pm

Mormon leaders, LGBT groups trumpet new anti-bias bill as a ‘model’
Updated Mar 05 2015 02:30 pm

Utah tops nation for huddling into cities
Updated Mar 05 2015 07:20 am

House eases restrictions on police aerial drones
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:39 pm

Utah guv says he would veto concealed-gun bill
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:32 pm

Utah House shoots down call for constitutional convention amid talk of ‘evil and conspiring men’ and quotes from former LDS apostles.
Updated Feb 26 2015 01:51 pm

Rule changes for lobbyists, corporations advance
Updated Mar 05 2015 08:22 pm

Without comment, unconscious sexual consent bill heads to governor
Updated Feb 23 2015 12:03 pm

Lobbyist badges may be short-lived on the Hill
Updated Feb 20 2015 07:41 pm


Elections
House passes bill to keep partisan elections in counties
Updated Mar 05 2015 07:40 pm

Bill advances to allow presidential primary, a day after Mitt Romney requests it
Updated Mar 05 2015 02:00 pm

Mitt Romney attacks Utah GOP’s plan for presidential caucus
Updated Mar 05 2015 10:42 am

Utah House again defeats donation limits
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:32 pm

Count my Vote cries foul on primary ballot bill that advances to full House
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:21 pm

Senators stand firm by ‘Count My Vote’ election deal
Updated Feb 27 2015 03:27 pm

Lee to conservatives: Shouting ‘freedom’ the loudest isn’t a qualification to be president
Updated Feb 26 2015 10:47 pm

Senate stands by ‘Count My Vote’ compromise, rejects delay
Updated Feb 24 2015 10:25 pm

Amendment advances to overturn ‘Count My Vote’ compromise
Updated Feb 24 2015 12:53 pm

Study: Utah’s Mike Lee is most extreme senator
Updated Feb 26 2015 07:12 pm


Education
House advances supply expense tax credit
Updated Feb 24 2015 01:00 pm

Committee OKs bid to amend Utah constitution, appoint school board members
Updated Feb 20 2015 05:33 pm

Senate clears property tax increase, sends it to the House
Updated Feb 19 2015 11:38 am

Utah Senate advances civics test for high-school graduation
Updated Feb 12 2015 12:45 pm

Big tax hike advances for school funding equalization
Updated Feb 11 2015 11:13 am

Senate moves to help early graduation
Updated Feb 11 2015 11:11 am

Senate debates civics test for high-school graduation in Utah
Updated Feb 10 2015 11:58 am

Golden retriever on way to fetch official state animal title
Updated Feb 05 2015 04:24 pm

House: School board should meet only within their boundaries
Updated Feb 05 2015 04:23 pm

Lawmakers question governor’s highways-to-schools funding shift
Updated Feb 02 2015 10:51 am


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
Dems force Healthy Utah vote in House, igniting fight with GOP
Updated Mar 05 2015 11:35 pm

Medicaid expansion compromise would unite Healthy Utah with GOP proposal
Updated Mar 02 2015 10:37 pm

‘Right to try’ bill on way to Gov. Herbert
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:22 pm

House unveils counter to Healthy Utah, though with few details
Updated Feb 27 2015 11:02 pm

Fight over Healthy Utah raises tension between Gov. Gary Herbert and House Speaker Greg Hughes
Updated Feb 28 2015 06:25 pm

Right to Try bill gives terminally ill patients hope
Updated Feb 26 2015 10:34 pm

Alternative to Gov.’s Healthy Utah plan fails in Senate
Updated Feb 26 2015 07:13 pm

Counselors would get more suicide prevention training under bill
Updated Feb 26 2015 01:54 pm

Sponsor of Utah medical marijuana bill acknowledges sampling the product in Colorado
Updated Feb 25 2015 10:02 pm

Herbert: Medicinal marijuana would lead to recreational use
Updated Feb 20 2015 07:31 pm


Immigration
Bill passes to raise fees for immigrant driving privilege cards in Utah
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:45 pm

Utah’s Mia Love ‘excited’ to block Obama’s immigration orders, suggests ousting McConnell if he can’t deliver votes
Updated Feb 27 2015 11:34 am

Utah Senate approves another new-driver test, pricier driving cards for immigrants
Updated Feb 24 2015 12:58 pm

Herbert: Congress needs to ‘get off fanny’ and pass immigration reform
Updated Feb 20 2015 09:46 pm

Immigrant drivers could face higher fees, more robust background checks
Updated Feb 18 2015 07:52 pm

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


Local
Eagle Mountain sells its electric, gas systems
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:42 pm

Cable license delayed to assure equity of terms
Updated Mar 04 2015 08:41 pm

Downtown’s notorious blue parking kiosks get big overhaul
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:40 pm

County’s township bill aims to solve boundary issues once and for all
Updated Mar 02 2015 01:22 pm

County grants license to CenturyLink
Updated Mar 02 2015 01:23 pm

Legislature trumps SLC, overturns drive-thru mandate
Updated Feb 23 2015 12:06 pm

Becker to announce economic-development initiative
Updated Feb 19 2015 11:36 am

State Street project behind schedule but developer says it will be completed
Updated Feb 16 2015 09:53 pm

Time running out for Salt Lake City Council to solve golf woes
Updated Feb 14 2015 09:07 pm

In rare meeting, senator spars with voters over prison
Updated Feb 09 2015 11:12 am


Poverty
Pioneer Park Coalition schism again chalked up as miscommunication over homeless housing
Updated Feb 26 2015 10:38 pm

Pioneer Park Coalition sees another resignation, more member confusion
Updated Feb 24 2015 04:59 pm

Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise pay for tipped workers
Updated Feb 20 2015 11:30 am

Service provider resigns from Pioneer Park Coalition, saying group’s goal is ‘relocation’ of homeless
Updated Feb 18 2015 10:20 pm

Housing for the homeless: a scrum for site selection
Updated Feb 17 2015 07:34 am

Payday loan restriction bill defeated
Updated Feb 13 2015 11:44 am

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 Feb 26 2015 09:47 pm


Security
Utah’s Hatch earns prime seat for Netanyahu speech to Congress
Updated Mar 03 2015 09:45 pm

Utah’s Air Force test range expansion questioned, but endorsed
Updated Feb 23 2015 12:07 pm

Utah’s Hatch seeks flexibility, including ground troops, for Obama to fight ISIS
Updated Mar 02 2015 06:22 pm

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


Transportation
Interstate 15 section may be renamed to honor Becky Lockhart
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:46 pm

Bill advances to allow one-touch cellphone use while driving
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:49 pm

Bill advances to decrease penalty for carrying weapons on transit
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:38 pm

Compromise may bring 5-cent gas tax increase, with more coming later
Updated Mar 03 2015 11:00 pm

New study verifies big shortfall in Utah transportation funding
Updated Mar 03 2015 09:04 pm

More adults may be required to take driver’s ed in Utah
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:14 pm

Bill: ATVs could go 65 mph on major Utah highways
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:18 pm

Road-work season begins Monday with big Point of Mountain project
Updated Feb 27 2015 11:11 pm

Senate advances 10-cent gasoline tax hike
Updated Feb 27 2015 02:58 pm

Registration fees for alternative-fuel cars may skyrocket
Updated Feb 25 2015 12:30 pm

Welfare