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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rep. Susan Duckworth D-Magna, chief sponsor of HB202, talks about the bill during discussion of the bill in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The bill was seeking to eliminate tax on tampons, diapers and other hygiene products. The motion to recommend failed in an 8-3 vote. So-called ‘Tampon tax’ exemption defeated
    Utah lawmakers on Wednesday killed a proposed sales-tax break on feminine hygiene products, diapers, and underwear and liners for incontinence. The Ho...
    Updated Feb 10 2016 09:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah lawmakers reject bill to cut UTA out of future tax hikes
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  • Bill would name House office building after Speaker Lockhart
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  • Legislative committees, Thursday, Feb. 11
    Legislative Management, 7:45 a.m., Capitol, Room 445 Reappointment of John M. Schaff as Auditor General Social Services Appropriations, 8 a.m., Hous...
    Updated Feb 10 2016 05:42 pm   |     |   Share


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Budget
So-called ‘Tampon tax’ exemption defeated
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:46 pm

Money sought to upgrade Utah State Fair Park
Updated Feb 10 2016 08:03 pm

Bill to address Utah Fairpark’s future expected to be out soon
Updated Feb 10 2016 02:13 pm

County moves toward new offices for the DA
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:26 pm

Oops. Senate misses budget deadline — by 4 minutes
Updated Feb 10 2016 02:37 pm

Former Utah Gov. Leavitt urges state not to repeat ‘tragic’ history of foster care
Updated Feb 08 2016 10:38 pm

Utah Dems formally demand all the info on public-lands lawsuit
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:12 pm

Plan to phase out Utah film tax credits quickly watered down
Updated Feb 03 2016 08:04 pm

‘Phased retirement’ may be offered to state workers
Updated Jan 29 2016 12:45 pm

Coalition of conservative groups opposes Utah collecting online sales tax
Updated Jan 29 2016 12:45 pm


Crime
Utah bill would protect gunmakers, sellers from lawsuits
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:56 pm

Sen. Urquhart wants to abolish Utah's 'broken' death penalty
Updated Feb 10 2016 08:24 am

Child prostitution bill goes to full House
Updated Feb 10 2016 02:39 pm

House panel backs requiring judges to have law degrees
Updated Feb 08 2016 05:56 pm

Utah lawmakers grounding drones that interfere with fighting wildfires
Updated Feb 08 2016 02:16 pm

Bill advances to require computer techs to report child porn
Updated Feb 05 2016 09:55 am

Human traffickers could face execution under Utah bill
Updated Feb 03 2016 11:13 am

Salt Lake County zeroing in on criminal-justice effort
Updated Feb 01 2016 08:33 am

Utah Legislature will see push to pass a workable hate-crimes law
Updated Jan 28 2016 10:48 pm

Mike Noel warned Utah woman arrested in Oregon standoff not to go
Updated Jan 28 2016 07:40 am


Culture
Utah Democrats say GOP is upending balance on two key committees
Updated Feb 10 2016 10:02 pm

Legislators say Utah wants the Olympics again
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:50 pm

Utah senator says ‘Women in the Economy’ commission is patronizing to women
Updated Feb 10 2016 05:35 pm

Many Utah cities blocking new liquor stores, leading to lack of funding in Herbert’s budget
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:56 pm

President Obama denounces anti-Muslim bias, mentions anti-Mormon history
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:03 pm

Mormon church against Madsen’s Utah marijuana bill; ‘no objection’ to other measure
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:22 am

After Mormon church says no to medical marijuana, supporters may look to voters
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:20 am

Smartphone Utah driver license of the future?
Updated Feb 09 2016 07:52 pm

Contentious gun bill won’t appear in 2016 session
Updated Feb 09 2016 10:50 pm

After emotional debate, panel OKs Utah bill declaring porn a health crisis
Updated Feb 05 2016 11:31 pm


Elections
Poll: A quarter of electorate opposed to Mormon presidential candidate
Updated Jan 28 2016 11:51 am

Bill OK’d to allow daily updates of election vote counts
Updated Feb 09 2016 04:11 pm

No shortage of candidates for Millcreek City mayor
Updated Feb 07 2016 09:48 pm

Supporter of Doug Owens seeks ethics probe of Utah Rep. Mia Love
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:10 pm

Bill to eliminate straight party voting is defeated
Updated Feb 03 2016 02:01 pm

House defeats bill that would make it easier to overturn new laws
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:09 pm

Lawmaker will rework bill to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary election
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:17 pm

Doug Owens outraises Rep. Mia Love in last three months
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:19 pm

Dems want GOP stripped of party status for obstructing election law
Updated Jan 26 2016 10:31 pm

By-mail ballots may come closer to election
Updated Jan 28 2016 06:03 pm


Education
House OKs bill aimed at expanding kindergarten
Updated Feb 08 2016 09:26 pm

Bill advances to boost charter school funding by $40 million
Updated Feb 08 2016 09:40 pm

Battle over sex education returning to Utah Legislature
Updated Feb 03 2016 07:47 am

Utah’s Guv plugs solutions for health care, increases in school funding
Updated Jan 28 2016 02:06 am

Longtime Utah Sen. Bob Bennett inducted into Hinckley Hall of Fame
Updated Jan 28 2016 11:51 am

Defamation suit filed in closure of unaccredited Utah college
Updated Dec 15 2015 11:29 am

Diploma mill is biggest case for Utah Consumer Protection
Updated Nov 29 2015 10:24 am

Small Utah college with big political ties is going under
Updated Oct 23 2015 12:06 pm

Redrawing state school-board districts considered
Updated Aug 21 2015 07:47 pm

Legislature won’t override any of Herbert’s five vetoes
Updated Aug 20 2015 08:32 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
Mormon church opposition to marijuana bill changes at least one vote
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:22 am

Officials seek reforms after Utah youths e-cig use quintuples in 5 years
Updated Feb 10 2016 02:38 pm

Trolley Square shooting victim begs Utah Legislature for Medicaid expansion
Updated Feb 08 2016 10:42 pm

Physician-lawmaker introduces ‘Healthy Utah’ style Medicaid-expansion bill
Updated Feb 05 2016 09:08 pm

Amid emotional testimony, two medical marijuana bills go forward
Updated Feb 04 2016 11:17 pm

Bill: Utahns should be asked to weigh in on Medicaid expansion
Updated Feb 03 2016 10:36 pm

Bill advances to give dental care to disabled Medicaid patients
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:20 pm

First flu death recorded in Salt Lake County
Updated Jan 25 2016 09:24 pm

Most Utah voters support legal medicinal marijuana; guv says it’s possible
Updated Jan 21 2016 10:58 pm

Patients, prosecutor say Utah needs change to medical marijuana policy
Updated Jan 13 2016 10:32 pm


Immigration
Utah’s guest worker law, never implemented, may be repealed
Updated Feb 08 2016 02:16 pm

Immigrants more likely than U.S.-born to work in 5 Utah industries
Updated Dec 21 2015 10:09 pm

Salt Lake City joins in defending Obama’s immigration actions
Updated Dec 07 2015 01:53 pm

White House asks Herbert to use his position to funnel refugee info
Updated Dec 01 2015 09:15 am

Utah activist makes app to help ‘dreamer’ undocumented immigrants
Updated Nov 28 2015 04:32 pm

Most Utah GOP House members push for hold on Syrian refugees
Updated Nov 19 2015 04:20 pm

Utah’s members of Congress want to halt Syrian refugee program now
Updated Nov 18 2015 01:06 pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says state will still accept Syrian refugees; 27 peers say no
Updated Nov 17 2015 10:44 am

Study: better coordination of services to Utah refugees needed
Updated Sep 25 2015 08:00 am

Utah congresswoman, daughter of immigrants, attends naturalization ceremony
Updated Aug 25 2015 12:29 pm


Local
County buying Salt Palace land from Mormon church for $6.6M. Its value: $34M
Updated Jan 26 2016 10:51 pm

New mayor pushes back on ‘scrutiny’ of personnel changes at SLC City Hall
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:09 pm

Biskupski’s nominee to head public utilities bows out amid growing criticism
Updated Feb 02 2016 07:10 am

Bill seeks to outlaw ‘gas chambers’ for shelter animals
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:18 pm

West Jordan to slash lobby expenses
Updated Jan 27 2016 01:07 pm

Veteran Public Services Director Rick Graham to leave City Hall
Updated Jan 25 2016 08:29 pm

Growing pains: Discord at Glendale Community Council
Updated Jan 25 2016 10:51 am

Biskupski names another county government official to City Hall post
Updated Jan 22 2016 01:47 pm

Biskupski’s selection to direct SLC Public Utilities raises questions
Updated Jan 21 2016 12:09 pm

Biskupski names Nate Salazar as liaison for mayor’s office
Updated Jan 19 2016 02:45 pm


Poverty
Majority Whip plans to request $27 million to fight homelessness
Updated Feb 08 2016 09:48 pm

A painless way for taxpayers to help the homeless: The Pamela Atkinson Trust Fund
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:08 pm

Poll: Utahns want more resources for homeless housing and services
Updated Jan 19 2016 10:53 pm

Christmas gift to help Salt Lake County serve homeless
Updated Dec 24 2015 01:59 pm

U.S. mayors survey: Hunger and homelessness tick upward
Updated Dec 23 2015 12:07 pm

Volunteers of America offers backpacks and hope to homeless youths
Updated Dec 22 2015 07:52 am

Payday lenders sued 7,927 Utahns last year
Updated Dec 20 2015 07:00 am

Utah economy: Census data show a ‘tale of two recoveries’
Updated Dec 03 2015 01:45 pm

The Road Home opens new Community Winter Shelter in Midvale
Updated Nov 28 2015 12:59 pm

City and county to seek $27 million for homeless shelters, services
Updated Nov 23 2015 10:33 pm


Security
Utah law enforcement to welcome Syrian refugees and help them assimilate
Updated Dec 07 2015 10:14 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz: Obama’s safety ‘is in jeopardy’ with Secret Service lapses
Updated Dec 03 2015 01:38 pm

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart calls Edward Snowden a traitor
Updated Oct 13 2015 10:48 pm

America is key to world peace, two ambassadors tell Utah audience
Updated Oct 14 2015 09:05 am

Utahns sue over government spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 20 2015 07:39 am

Rocky Anderson threatens suit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 11 2015 09:37 pm

Ex-Qwest CEO: Likely the NSA snatched emails, calls during Salt Lake Olympics
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:28 pm

Utahns in Congress angry over Iran deal
Updated Sep 15 2015 06:37 pm

Senate passes Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s domestic spying reforms
Updated Jun 02 2015 10:23 pm

White House urges passage of Lee’s anti-spying bill after NSA ruling
Updated May 08 2015 09:12 am


Transportation
Utah lawmakers reject bill to cut UTA out of future tax hikes
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:44 pm

New category of licensed Utah vehicles approved: ‘autocycles’
Updated Feb 10 2016 04:18 pm

Biskupski keeps Riley as airport boss to pilot $1.8B makeover
Updated Feb 10 2016 02:36 pm

Mountain Accord seeks immediate solutions for traffic in canyons
Updated Feb 08 2016 02:11 pm

House panel OKs measure for revised transportation tax in small counties
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:13 pm

It’s an auto, no it’s a cyle — no bill says it’s an ‘autocyle’
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:11 pm

UTA pledges reforms to legislators
Updated Feb 03 2016 02:01 pm

How free-fare transit works in Cache County and Park City
Updated Feb 01 2016 09:24 am

UDOT reveals projects likely impacted by proposed sales-tax shift
Updated Feb 03 2016 02:01 pm

Lawmakers advance bill attacking Mantua’s ‘speed trap’
Updated Feb 01 2016 07:36 pm