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(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune File photo) Children play at The Buddy Bin, a child care business in North Salt Lake, in 2020. Multiple Utah state lawmakers told The Salt Lake Tribune in a survey that affordable child care is important to help women, who have experienced a disproportionated effect of the COVID-19 economic downturn.

The Salt Lake Tribune asked Utah’s state lawmakers how they’re helping women. Here’s what they said.

By Becky Jacobs | February 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Voters at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Utah lawmakers are moving to tighten down Republican Party control of its candidate-nominating process.

Here are some major moves by Utah’s Legislature with just days before the session ends

By The Tribune Political Team | February 27, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, leans in to speak to Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, after her bill to ban the sale of DIY rape kits in Utah was killed in the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

Bill to ban sale of DIY rape kits in Utah stalls after early momentum in Legislature

By Becky Jacobs | February 27, 2021, 12:34 a.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, pictured in 2020, sponsored a bill in the 2021 general session that would have updated how health education is taught in Utah schools. The House voted it down Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

House votes against bill updating how health education is taught in Utah schools

By Becky Jacobs | February 27, 2021, 1:12 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) This Jan. 19, 2021, file photo was taken on the day the Utah Legislature opened its 2021 legislative session at the Capitol in Salt Lake City. With a March 5 adjournment next week, lawmakers are putting finishing touches on the state's budget, with remaining disputes over the level of borrowing.

State’s nearly $22B budget plan spends big on education, transportation

By Bryan Schott | February 27, 2021, 1:32 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) This Dec. 24, 2020, photo shows volunteers Leilani Vatuvei, left, and her sister Eime Vatuvi handing out food from the Utah Food Bank to needy families. During the pandemic, racial and ethnic minority communities were disproportionately affected by food insecurity. A bill in the Utah Legislature would create a task force to try to address the issue.

Utah’s minority communities disproportionately affected by food insecurity

By Marina McNairy | February 26, 2021, 11:01 p.m.

(Noah Berger | AP file photo) A sign hangs at Twitter headquarters on, Jan. 11, 2021, in San Francisco. A Utah lawmaker wants to crack down on social media censoring or restricting free speech.

Utah lawmakers taking aim at social media censorship in proposed legislation

By Bryan Schott | February 26, 2021, 10:15 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer AP file photo) In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Republican House Majority Leader Francis Gibson speaks on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives, in Salt lake City. Gibson privacy protection bill passed the House on Friday and heads to the Senate.

Utah data privacy bill sails through the House

By Bethany Rodgers | February 26, 2021, 8:57 p.m.

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

Robert Gehrke: In a mind-boggling vote to allow DIY rape kits, Utah’s Republican legislators condoned exploiting victims

By Robert Gehrke | February 27, 2021, 12:22 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)  Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, is proposing a massive $2.26 billion transportation spending bill which includes $1.4 billion in new bonding for projects.

‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Utah lawmakers consider spending big on transportation

By Bryan Schott | February 26, 2021, 1:21 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, talks to a police officer at West High in this 2019 file photo. She is running a bill in the 2021 legislative session to add training for and address other concerns with school resource officers.

Black kids in Utah are arrested at 8 times their share of the population. This bill suggests a way to possibly change that.

By Courtney Tanner | February 26, 2021, 8:19 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo) Salt Lake County Jail on Friday, March 20, 2020. A repeal effort is underway in the Utah Legislature to wipe out reforms passed just last year aimed at ending a bail system based on ability to pay rather than risk to public safety.

Utah sought to make its bail system more fair to the poor. And months later, some lawmakers are calling it a disaster.

By Bethany Rodgers | February 26, 2021, 9:01 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) Republican Sen. Dan McCay's bill giving political parties the ability to prevent candidates from gathering signatures to get on the ballot was killed then resurrected in the Utah Senate on Feb. 25, 2021

Utah Senate kills then resurrects bill to eliminate signature-gathering path for candidates

By Bryan Schott | February 26, 2021, 3:50 a.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) Utah lawmakers abruptly ended a committee hearing Thursday to avoid considering a bill crafted in response to recent controversial actions by Attorney General Sean Reyes, shown in 2014, who supported a lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results in key states.

Utah House committee refuses to hear bill filed in wake of Reyes’ pro-Trump actions

By Bethany Rodgers | February 26, 2021, 1:41 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Ballots are sorted at the Salt Lake County offices in Salt Lake City on Nov. 4, 2020. Utah state senators voted Thursday to make it harder for voters to switch parties.

Utah Senate votes in support of bill to keep people from party switching

By Taylor Stevens | February 26, 2021, 12:33 a.m.

(Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP) Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior Secretary, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Transgender sports, Dixie State name change, gun control and historic Native American nominee on ‘Behind the Headlines’

By The Salt Lake Tribune | February 25, 2021, 9:54 p.m.