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Redistricting meeting in Rose Park hears comment from public on district lines

By Jordan Miller | September 17, 2021, 1:02 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, pictured in 2018, said at a legislative interim committee meeting Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, that after a ruling from the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Legislature now has to decide what to do about a state law over how Utahns can change their sex on their birth certificate.

After Utah Supreme Court ruling, lawmakers must now decide how to define sex on birth certificates

By Becky Jacobs | September 15, 2021, 9:39 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Erin Mendenhall chats with Salt Lake City Council member Amy Fowler in this file photo. Most council members, including Fowler, support the mayor's mask mandate for K-12 schools in the city.

Salt Lake City Council members back Mayor Mendenhall on masks, but have a big fear: the Legislature

By Leia Larsen | August 24, 2021, 3:35 p.m.

(Briana Scroggins | Special to The Tribune) Premier Throwing owner John Bradley, of Pleasant Grove, is trying to get a state liquor license approved for his business.

Here’s why beer has been banned at new ax-throwing venues in Utah

By Kathy Stephenson | July 7, 2021, 4:29 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) The new Taylorsville liquor store on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Liquor store employees in Utah just got a raise. Here’s what they get paid.

By Kathy Stephenson | July 2, 2021, 4:12 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | The Associated Press) Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, says the state's tax collections are way ahead of projections, but there's a worry any extra money could be chewed up by inflation.

Utahns are filling state coffers. So will we see a tax cut?

By Bryan Schott | June 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Chief Justice Richard C. Howe prior to being sworn in at the Utah Supreme Court, April 13, 1998. Howe, who served 22 years on the court, including four as chief justice, died Saturday, June 19, 2021, at age 97.

Richard C. Howe, former Utah Supreme Court chief justice, dies at 97

By Sean P. Means | June 23, 2021, 7:29 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) During May's special session, Utah lawmakers blocked the use of federal COVID relief funds to incentivize Utahns to get vaccinated.

Exclusive: Why Utah isn’t incentivizing vaccines like other states

By Bryan Schott | June 16, 2021, 4:08 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Steve Christiansen, R-West Jordan, traveled to Arizona to observe the GOP-led election audit in Maricopa County. He says he would like to see a similar audit of Salt Lake County's election results.

After Utah legislator visits Arizona to observe election audit, he says Salt Lake County needs one

By Bryan Schott | June 15, 2021, 5:46 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawmakers in the House Chamber during a special session at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

When redistricting will happen in Utah and how you can get involved.

By Bryan Schott | May 24, 2021, 11:39 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, speaks, standing with other House Democrats who walked out of the House Chamber as Republicans moved to debate resolution on teaching critical race theory in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Guns, masks, racial issues and the Jazz’s playoff prospects on this week’s ‘Behind the Headlines’

By The Salt Lake Tribune | May 20, 2021, 10:44 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawmakers in the House Chamber during a special session at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Utah House, Senate approve resolutions to explore making the state a Second Amendment sanctuary

By Taylor Stevens | May 20, 2021, 1:54 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) House Democrats walking off the floor as Republicans move to debate resolution on teaching critical race theory during a special session at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Protest over critical race theory hits House floor, Democrats stage walkout

By Bryan Schott | May 20, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, answers questions about the special session at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

We got $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. Here’s where Utah will spend it

By Bryan Schott | May 19, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

(Laura Seitz | Deseret News, pool) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at a briefing on COVID-19 at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Critical race theory, Second Amendment sanctuary won’t be considered during this week’s legislative special session

By Taylor Stevens | May 17, 2021, 11:42 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of the Utah House of Representatives)  Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson swears in Steve Christiansen to fill the vacancy left by former Utah Rep. Ken Ivory in 2019.

Why some lawmakers want to ban critical race theory in Utah classrooms

By Bryan Schott | May 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah lawmakers are preparing to meet in a special session next week, but rising inflation has several legislators worried about how best to spend billions of dollars in federal COVID relief money.

How surging inflation will impact how Utah lawmakers spend federal dollars

By Bryan Schott | May 13, 2021, 11:57 a.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) Republican Rep. Mike Schultz at the Utah State Capitol in February 2020. A special session is planned for May 2021 to distribute additional taxpayer revenues.

Utah’s budget surplus is set to grow. What will lawmakers do with extra cash?

By Bryan Schott | April 16, 2021, 2:10 p.m.

(Evan Vucci | AP file photo) President Joe Biden is shown speaking during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in this March 25, 2021, file photo.

Biden’s call for ‘red flag’ laws falls on deaf ears in the Utah Legislature

By Bryan Schott | April 8, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  Melanie Lewis, left, and Connie Peterson, both members of The Well-Armed Woman of Utah, Jordan Valley chapter gather at The Gun Vault shooting range in South Jordan for shooting practice in this March 23, 2018, file photo.

Utah lawmakers ended a requirement for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Has anything really changed?

By Bryan Schott | April 7, 2021, 7:13 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Jonathan Pimble, AEMT, administers a Covid-19 vaccination to Jerome Little, during a resource fair on Rio Grande Street, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

New Utah law blocks vaccine passports if you’re on a college campus or at a state government building

By Bryan Schott | April 6, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

(Brian Maffly  |   Tribune file photo) Since 2014, the Price River Terminal in Wellington has been loading oil from trucks to rail cars, opening a new path for Uinta Basin crude to reach out-of-state markets. Utah lawmakers have changed the law directing that state proceeds from oil an gas mining royalties on federal lands be used to mitigate the impacts of that resource restriction in nearby communities.

Environmental groups say a new state law on mineral revenues is a win for fossil fuels, a blow for rural Utah

By Bethany Rodgers | March 30, 2021, 6:12 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune) Members of the House of Representatives are partitioned by Plexiglas as the Utah Legislature opens the 2021 legislative session at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

Lawmakers make it easier for Utahns to search court cases online, as one change to public records laws this session

By Becky Jacobs | March 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

FILE - This Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Exclusive: Utah’s power brokers helped Draper pharmacist with customs holdup on drug import

By Bethany Rodgers | March 29, 2021, 7:22 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo) This 2017 file photo shows Utah legislators meeting in a committee hearing at the state Capitol.


Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, right, as explains SB0185S during the House Judiciary Standing Committee meeting at the State Captiol in Salt Lake City Friday March 3, 2017. SB0185S deals with cause of action for minors injured by pornography.

‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Free speech and social media

By Bryan Schott | March 26, 2021, 12:08 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |   Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

Utah’s statewide mask mandate will end April 10 after Gov. Spencer Cox signed pandemic ‘endgame’ bill

By Bethany Rodgers | March 25, 2021, 2:13 a.m.

(Photo courtesy of Oakdell Egg Farms) Hens are free to perch inside Oakdell Egg Farms' cage-free facility in Lewiston, near the Idaho border.

Utah eggs will be cage-free by 2025. Here’s why farmers lobbied for the law and why you’ll be paying more at the store.

By Kathy Stephenson | March 24, 2021, 6:36 p.m.

(Photo illustration by Jeremy Harmon | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox has vetoed legislation that had sought to regulate social media, which conservatives claim have censored right-wing voices since former President Donald Trump was permanently banned from major platforms.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox vetoes controversial social media legislation

By Bryan Schott | March 24, 2021, 1:49 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Paris Hilton bumps elbows with Sen. Michael McKell, R-Spanish Fork, after a vote on SB127 in the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee in Salt Lake City, Feb. 8, 2021. Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill into law on Monday.

Increased oversight is coming to Utah’s ‘troubled-teen’ industry

By Jessica Miller | March 22, 2021, 10:59 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  This aerial photo from June 2018 shows where the main inland port will be built, with satellite ports to be developed in rural areas of the state.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs inland port bank bill over calls for a veto from opponents

By Taylor Stevens | March 22, 2021, 10:24 p.m.

(Carolyn Kaster | AP) In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo an iPhone is seen in Washington. The Utah Legislature passed a bill that would require phones in the state to come with activated pornography filters.

Adult film star urges Utah Gov. Spencer Cox to veto porn-blocker bill

By Bethany Rodgers | March 22, 2021, 2:50 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Camp Last Hope, which was built on abandoned railroad tracks, sits under the freeway for protection from the rain and the snow, Jan. 5, 2021. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill Wednesday that will create a full-time state coordinator who's dedicated full time to addressing homelessness in the state.

Gov. Spencer Cox signs bill addressing the ‘confusing’ system to help the homeless

By Taylor Stevens | March 18, 2021, 7:50 p.m.

(Paul Sakuma | AP file photo) In this July 19, 2006, file photo, a woman walks next to a "For Rent" sign at an apartment complex in Palo Alto, Calif. Utah has now passed a law giving renters limited protections against undisclosed rental fees.

Protection against hidden rental fees now written into Utah law

By Eric S. Peterson | March 18, 2021, 12:25 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) A Utahraptor skull reconstruction is displayed next to the speaker’s seat in the House chamber at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021, the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session. HB 322 creates a state park in Utah that would protect the dinosaur quarry in the Dalton Wells area near Moab.

Gov. Spencer Cox signs bill to create Utahraptor State Park near Moab

By Bethany Rodgers | March 17, 2021, 5:40 p.m.

(Teresa Crawford | AP file photo) In this 2018 photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. Under a Utah bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Spencer Cox, biological fathers will have to pay for half of the out-of-pocket costs of pregnancy and childbirth.

Utah governor signs bill requiring biological fathers to share the cost of pregnancy

By Sara Tabin | March 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith was part of discussions surrounding a controversial bill in the 2021 Utah Legislature that sought to bar transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports.

Exclusive: How the Utah Jazz got involved in the debate over the transgender sports bill

By Bryan Schott | March 16, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) The sun sets on the last day of the Legislature’s 2021 general session at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Utah lawmakers are pouring millions into mental health. Here’s their plan.

By Taylor Stevens | Bethany Rodgers | March 15, 2021, 2:35 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Miles and Luke Dalton, ages 10 and 13, get a bit of screen time after finishing up their school work for the day as their mother Jessica Dalton, associate director of annual giving at Westminster College, takes a break from the basement office to check in but keep working with a mobile laptop at their home in Sandy.

Here’s a simple plan to help clean up Utah’s air: keep workers home during pollution buildups

By Marina McNairy | Karina Andrew | March 15, 2021, 7:50 p.m.

(Shawn Thew | Pool via AP) Some Utah Republican leaders want to hold a special meeting to vote on a censure of Sen. Mitt Romney for his impeachment vote, but it appears there's not enough support.

These Utah Republicans haven’t given up punishing Mitt Romney for his impeachment vote

By Bryan Schott | March 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Matthew Weisntein, with Voices for Utah Children, calls on legislature to include lower-income Utahns in tax reform, during a news conference at the Capitol, Friday, March 2, 2018.

Advocates urge Utah’s governor to veto tax cut to make sure the state doesn’t lose COVID-19 relief funds

By Bethany Rodgers | March 13, 2021, 1:19 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox provides updates on the ongoing pandemic as he speaks at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs bills on suicide crisis line, revenge porn

By Bethany Rodgers | March 12, 2021, 5:41 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox steps into the House chamber following Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, motion March 5, 2021, that the Legislature hear from “Gov. Gary Herbert” at the end of the legislative session. House Speaker Brad Wilson noted that the motion script apparently had the name of the former executive branch leader, a mix up that drew laughter from the body.

‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Vetoes and the ‘pandemic endgame’ with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox

By Bryan Schott | March 12, 2021, 1:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox steps into the House chamber following Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, motion Friday night that the Legislature hear from “Gov. Gary Herbert.” The legislative session ended March 5, after lawmakers passed a bill ending the statewide mask mandate April 10. Cox said in an interview Wednesday that the Legislature wouldn't wait any longer so it now "owns" the consequences.

How the governor and lawmakers settled on April 10 to lift the statewide mask mandate

By Bryan Schott | March 11, 2021, 1:46 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)     Sierra Holmes signs a tax referendum petition, during an event to meet the legislators that represent the west side of Salt Lake City, and sign the Utah Tax Referendum petition at West High School, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

Secretive out-of-state group pushes bill that makes it harder to get a voter initiative on the ballot

By Bethany Rodgers | March 11, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) The last weekend of this year's state legislative session, a group of powerful politicians gathered in the Utah governor's mansion, shown in this 2016 file photo, to see if they could work out a compromise on Utah's system for nominating candidates. No deal was reached and a bill to essentially return the nominating power to the GOP state convention delegates died without a final vote.

Exclusive: Inside the secret meeting at the governor’s mansion that saved Utah’s signature path for candidates

By Bryan Schott | March 10, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Here are four bills Utah Gov. Spencer Cox should veto

By Robert Gehrke | March 10, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Salt Lake City police officers warn protesters that they will be arrested if they come any closer on 1300 East during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

Here’s how policing in Utah will change after this year’s legislative session

By Taylor Stevens | Jessica Miller | March 9, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Representatives huddle during floor time in the Utah House on Feb. 26, 2021. Lawmakers rushed in the final days to finalize hundreds of bills before Friday's adjournment of the 45-day session that began in late January.

The legislative session is over. Here’s what lawmakers did for you — and to you — before going home.

By The Tribune Political Team | March 7, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Utah takes big step on deregulation, but this first-of-its-kind move has me worried

By Robert Gehrke | March 7, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox removes his mask as he holds media availability at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021, during the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session. Cox spoke on Fox News Saturday about a bill he's expected to sign, which will end the statewide mask mandate on April 10.

Utah’s mask mandate will lift April 10 under bill that governor is expected to sign

By Becky Jacobs | March 7, 2021, 11:11 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo)  In this Oct. 2020, file photo, Evelyn Beguiristain drops her ballot in the vote-by-mail ballot drop box at the Salt Lake County Government Center. A pilot project allowing municipalities to give ranked choice voting a try is expanded under a bill that passed on the last night of the legislative session.

Utah lawmakers expand ranked choice voting experiment

By Marina McNairy | March 8, 2021, 7:52 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Kay J. Christofferson, R-Lehi, is joined by his wife Suzanne as he spends time on the House floor for the first time on Friday, March 5, 2021, since battling COVID-19 and needing to use oxygen, during the last day of the Legislature’s 2021 general session.

Historic Utah legislative session held in the shadow of a pandemic closes with a flurry of bills and spending

By Taylor Stevens | Bethany Rodgers | March 6, 2021, 5:55 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Hite Crossing Bridge stretches over the Colorado River as it flows into Lake Powell near Hite Marina on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. The Ute Indian Tribe worries that the newly proposed Colorado River Authority of Utah could deprive the tribe of its rights to the river's water.

What about us? Ute Tribe asks as Utah moves to protect its share of the Colorado River.

By Brian Maffly | March 6, 2021, 12:35 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox steps into the House chamber following Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, motion Friday night that the Legislature hear from “Gov. Gary Herbert.” House Speaker Brad Wilson noted that the motion script apparently had the name of the former chief executive, a gaffe that drew laughter from the body. at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021, during the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session.

Legislative session ends as governor praises many ‘good bills’ that passed and many ‘terrible bills’ that didn’t

By The Tribune Political Team | March 6, 2021, 6:44 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) House Speaker Brad R. Wilson, R-Kaysville, cracks up when Rep. Scott Chew, R-Jensen, unaware of some technical changes to one of his bills, responds “motion to circle, I don’t know what the heck this is about!” Speaker Wilson responds “it’s your resolution, Rep. Chew!” cracking up. “Motion to concur?” Rep. Chew replies as the House bursts into laughter, showing signs of being punchy tired on the second to last day of the legislative session on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Wrapping up the 2021 Utah Legislature

By Bryan Schott | March 5, 2021, 1:09 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Mark Strong, R-Bluffdale, checks in for a vote on the House floor during the second to last day of the legislative session at the Utah Capitol on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Strong added a religious protection amendment to SB195, reining in the governor's emergency powers, before the bill passed the House. It now awaits Senate OK of the amendment to go to the governor.

Bill limiting governor’s emergency powers wins final House OK

By Taylor Stevens | March 6, 2021, 1:48 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) This Jan. 15, 2020, file photo shows volunteer Ron Mortensen at the City Creek Harmons grocery store helping gather voter signatures to put a referendum on the ballot overturning the tax reform package passed by the Legislature. The package included an increase on the food sales tax that was unpopular with grassroots Utahns.

Passing a voter initiative or referendum will be harder under bill approved by the Legislature

By Bethany Rodgers | March 8, 2021, 12:28 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) This Oct. 1, 2019, file photo shows the gold star required by the federal government on state driver licenses. The Utah Legislature has endorsed limited regulation of how government agencies can use facial technology on the state's driver license database.

Government’s use of facial recognition software regulated under bill headed to governor

By Taylor Stevens | March 5, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo) A limited student population begins classes at the University of Utah due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as students are encouraged to social distance, leaving campus empty of its usual traffic, Aug. 27, 2020.

Push for in-person classes gains final OK in Utah Legislature

By Bethany Rodgers | March 5, 2021, 1:44 a.m.

(Jeremy Harmon  |  Tribune file photo) Disinfectant products are shown to be sold out at Winco in Salt Lake City in this March 8, 2020, file photo.

Legislature narrows state ban on price gouging during an emergency

By Taylor Stevens | March 5, 2021, 1:40 a.m.

(Jeff Chiu | AP file photo) The Utah House narrowly approved a bill Thursday to regulate how social media companies moderate online content. Opponents and legislative attorneys warned the bill may be unconstitutional.

Social media moderation would require notification, appeal process under Utah legislation

By Bryan Schott | March 5, 2021, 1:58 a.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Utah House members, seen here Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, approved two bills Thursday aimed at easing the state's affordable housing shortage. One of them is designed to create more basement apartments inside owner-occupied single-family homes.

Will more basement apartments help ease Utah’s housing crisis? Lawmakers think so.

By Tony Semerad | March 5, 2021, 12:36 a.m.

(Carolyn Kaster | AP file photo) In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo an iPhone is seen in Washington. The Utah Legislature has passed an anti-porn bill that would require manufacturers to activate content filters upon purchase.

Porn-blocking bill wins final legislative OK

By Bethany Rodgers | March 5, 2021, 12:33 a.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo)  Nathan Hagen administers a COVID-19 vaccination to Wyn Chao during a news conference on Monday, March 1, 2021. On Thursday, the state Senate passed a bill that extends vaccine exemptions to higher education students and allows those who are not immunized to learn in-person.

Vaccine exemptions would be granted to college students under bill headed to governor

By Becky Jacobs | March 5, 2021, 12:04 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Senate members hold media availability at the Utah Capitol on the second to last day of the legislative session on Thursday, March 4, 2021. From left, Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden, Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, seated from left, take questions from the media.

Bill aimed at protecting your privacy from government snooping clears Legislature

By Bethany Rodgers | March 5, 2021, 12:15 a.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Jazz fans wear masks at Vivint Arena for NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

Affordable housing, bail reform and COVID-19 ‘endgame’ on this week’s ‘Behind the Headlines’

By The Salt Lake Tribune | March 4, 2021, 10:35 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Protesters walk off after gathering in front of the home of Utah’s state epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, in Salt Lake City, Oct. 29, 2020. The Utah Senate passed a bill Thursday, March 4, 2021, that makes targeted residential picketing a class B misdemeanor.

Protesting outside private homes is off limits, Utah Legislature decides

By Becky Jacobs | March 6, 2021, 11:27 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, waves a small representation of the current Utah state flag during discussion on a new Utah flag design that will be vetted over the next few months by a nine-member task force. The current flag is criticized for being a bland and unimaginative symbol that is essentially the state seal on a blue background.

Push to redesign Utah flag clears another hurdle

By Bryan Schott | March 4, 2021, 10:49 p.m.

(Chris Caldwell | AP)"DIXIE" is painted on a sandstone rock formation in St. George, Utah, near Dixie State University. The school can now move forward with possibly changing its name after a final vote from the Legislature on March 3, 2021.

Bill on changing Dixie State University’s name gets final approval from Utah lawmakers

By Courtney Tanner | March 4, 2021, 2:20 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) Utah Transit Authority riders board the FrontRunner train in Ogden, Dec. 7, 2020. The Utah Legislature has approved more than $1 billion for transportation and construction projects, including double-tracking FrontRunner commuter rail.

$1.23B transportation package heading to governor’s desk

By Bryan Schott | March 4, 2021, 12:55 a.m.