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(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) People gather at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City to protest after the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Utah Bar takes stand against legislation written by one of its own members

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 27, 2023, 7:33 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Oliver and Becca Day at a rally in support of transgender youth at the Capitol building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

‘I deserve a body to feel proud of.’ Crowds rally for transgender health care at Utah Capitol

By Emily Anderson Stern | Palak Jayswal | January 25, 2023, 2:07 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Shauna Mayne, right, embraces Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, center, after appearing before the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Henderson and Mayne spoke in support of a Senate bill beefing up how the state combats domestic violence. Mayne's daughter Amanda was murdered in 2022. At left is Mayne's sister Brenda Hulse Burr.

How a domestic violence database could prevent more violence in Utah

By Jacob Scholl | January 25, 2023, 2:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) State Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Pleasant Grove, talks about a bill during the legislative session at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Brammer's bill changing court rules for when judges can grant an injunction passed out of the Utah House of Representatives on Monday.

‘Expression of unchecked power’: Court may be forced to reconsider hold on Utah’s abortion ban soon

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 24, 2023, 3:47 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Gov. Spencer Cox answers questions from the media, during a news conference with Attorney General Sean Reyes at the Capitol, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. The governor and attorney general said they plan to sue social media companies sometime in the future.

Why Utah Gov. Cox and AG Reyes plan to sue social media companies

By Carlene Coombs | January 24, 2023, 3:48 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Gov. Spencer Cox delivers his State of the State address at the Capitol building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. At rear are EmmaKate and Abby Cox, and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox implores lawmakers to ‘build more and tear down less’ in State of the State address

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 20, 2023, 4:33 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Petie Hale brings food to a bunny she cares for at Wasatch Community Gardens' Green Phoenix Farm on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Hale, now 65, became part of a growing number of older Utahns experiencing homelessness.

No one should ‘spend their golden years in a shelter’ — How Utah can stop the alarming spike of homeless seniors

By Blake Apgar | January 19, 2023, 1:00 p.m.

(Emily Anderson Stern | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Pleasant Grove, speaks to the House Judiciary Committee about Joint Resolution 2 in the Senate Building at the Capitol, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. The legislation would likely end a hold on Utah's abortion trigger law by amending court rules to change the standards judges have to meet when issuing an injunction.

Proposal that could restore Utah abortion ban advances in committee

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 20, 2023, 4:33 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)  State Sen. Gene Davis talks during a Senate Business and Labor Committee meeting at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson is looking into imposing penalties for Davis' use of more than $10,000 of campaign funds to pay legal fees to an attorney who helped him argue sexual misconduct allegations.

Utah Lt. Gov.’s office examining Gene Davis’ use of campaign funds to fight sexual misconduct allegations

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 14, 2023, 9:26 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Gov. Spencer Cox discusses his priorities for the upcoming legislative session, Jan. 12, 2023.

Spencer Cox’s new liaison to the business community is a big fan of the governor — and also a big donor

By Jacob Scholl | January 13, 2023, 3:38 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The governor’s mansion on Tuesday. Since Gov. Spencer Cox took office, three of the five members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission — meant to investigate ethics complaints against elected members of the executive branch — have seen their terms expire. Cox has not replaced any of them.

Ethics complaints against Utah’s top officials go to a commission that has been understaffed for nearly 2 years

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 12, 2023, 9:16 p.m.

(Office of the Lt. Gov.) A funeral program for Amanda Mayne, who was killed by her ex-husband in August. Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson was Mayne's cousin. Sen. Todd Weiler plans to introduce a bill to create a state database of domestic violence-related calls to law enforcement.

A woman was killed in Taylorsville by her ex. Her family thinks a new bill could help domestic violence victims like her.

By Jacob Scholl | January 7, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, in the Senate, in February 2021.

Karen Mayne, a former Utah Senate minority leader, resigns due to health reasons

By Jacob Scholl | Bryan Schott | January 4, 2023, 11:43 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) About 2,500 protesters gather at the Utah Capitol for a “Bans Off Our Beehive” rally in support of abortion rights on Saturday, May 14, 2022. State lawmakers have introduced the first bills impacting abortion for the 2023 session. Ahead of the 2023 general legislative session, Utah lawmakers have prepared around a half-dozen bills that address abortion.

Abortion could be banned again in Utah if this GOP lawmaker’s bill passes

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 5, 2023, 1:18 a.m.

(Todd Beltz | Pallet Shelter) A village of mini-shelters in Boston.

Tinier than tiny houses: Utah’s latest tool against homelessness may be sheds

By Blake Apgar | December 26, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The area behind Rio Grande Depot at 500 W 300 S, where homeless individuals live in makeshift tents and shelters, is pictured on Dec. 16.

Want to tell Utah officials how to best address homelessness in the state? Here’s your chance.

By Jacob Scholl | December 20, 2022, 8:16 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at his monthly news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.

Utah’s per-pupil education spending is lower than most states. Here’s why Gov. Cox thinks funding will increase next year.

By Jacob Scholl | December 15, 2022, 11:23 p.m.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) House speaker Brad Wilson R-Kaysville, addressing the House of Representatives as the start of the 2022 legislative session begins at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. The state's Executive Appropriations Committee began setting aside their budget priorities for fiscal year 2024 on Dec. 13, 2022.

Utah has a billion-dollar budget surplus. How much will go toward education next year?

By Bryan Schott | December 14, 2022, 5:31 p.m.

(Ebrahim Noroozi | AP) Players stand for their national anthems ahead of the World Cup group B soccer match between England and The United States, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. According to a spokesperson, Utah Senate President Stuart Adams attended the match, his trip was paid for by the Qatari government.

Qatar paid for another Utah politician’s World Cup travel and ticket, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | December 13, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The FrontRunner commuter train stops at the South Jordan Station on Thursday, May 6, 2021. In his fiscal year 2024 budget proposal, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox proposed making traveling on the UTA free for riders.

Should it be free to ride Utah’s public transit? Gov. Spencer Cox wants to make it happen.

By Jacob Scholl | December 9, 2022, 11:51 p.m.