Politics

A bag of medical marijuana; Medical marijuana and marijuana for research purposes passes first committee meeting.
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A Utah lawmaker's proposals that would allow terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana and farmers to grow it for research purposes passed their first hurdle in a committee despite criticism that the piecemeal approach doesn't go far enough.

Rep. Brad Daw, a Republican from Orem, said during a hearing Wednesday that the measures help dying people try another alternative that may help and provides a way for researchers to get marijuana locally.

DACA discussed on Capitol Hill; Latino Boy Scouts contribute to community
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During their 2018 legislation session, Utah lawmakers, like national political leaders, are trying to determine how to serve children of immigrants who have been brought to the state illegally. 

The list of crimes warranting the death penalty could grow larger.
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A Utah lawmaker wants to make it a death penalty offense to kill a security guard or paramedic, but prosecutors are warning that change could threaten capital punishment.

Democratic Sen. Karen Mayne said Monday her plan would help protect emergency first responders who might be targeted. A Senate committee approved her proposal 5-1.

Deseret News

On the day President Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union Address, we’ll talk politics with Deseret News columnists LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli.

Katherine Taylor

A bill introduced in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday seeks to prohibit abortions, if the reason for the procedure is a positive diagnosis of Down syndrome.

 

 

On Thursday, legislators printed the bill that would allow states to convene a convention under Article Five of the Constitution once 34 states had signed on. Convention seekers want to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, and with only six more states needed, groups are making a strong push in Idaho.

Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front is in need of careful preparation and planning for the coming population boom.
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A regional planning group told local leaders that Utah's rapidly growing population could double commute times, ramp up housing costs and amplify air-quality problems in the coming decades without careful planning along the Wasatch Front urban core.

Executive Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council Andrew Gruber warned a crowd of mayors, city council members and other local officials of the looming population boom Tuesday at the Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro-Solutions Symposium.

The new Utah prison is estimated to cost $860 million, a number that had never been discussed in a public hearing.
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Utah state officials are being forced to explain why they never revealed the original cost estimate for a new state prison that is much higher than budgeted cost.

An $860 million estimate by a consultant had never been discussed in a public hearing until last week when lawmakers grilled prison relocation officials about why the project is expected to cost $692.5 million, up from $650 million.

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Utah lawmakers on Friday advanced a measure that would let prospective candidates for political office get on the ballot, even if they can't file in person. 

Rep. Craig Hall's House Bill 113 would give individuals temporarily outside of Utah the option to file electronically, as long as they appeared before an elections official via a video link.

Memorez and Jase Rackley, mother and son murdered by her ex-boyfriend in June.
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Utah lawmakers want to fix gaps in domestic violence law exposed when a man killed his ex-girlfriend and her son by opening fire on a car full of children after school.

Republican Sen. Todd Weiler says victim Memorez Rackley couldn't have gotten a protective order, despite a previous stalking report, because the couple had never been married or lived together.

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In Governor Herbert’s annual state of the state address, he celebrated Utah’s victories in 2017.

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A panel of Utah lawmakers has approved a proposal aimed at ensuring parents aren't investigated for letting their kids do things like walk to school or play outside alone, known as free-range parenting.

The bill passed unanimously Tuesday would revise state law to say allowing mature kids to do things like travel to school or play outside isn't neglect if the children are otherwise well cared-for. It now moves to the Senate floor.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah has compared President Donald Trump's governing style to Rodney Dangerfield's character in "Caddyshack."

Stewart says that while the president's style is "very, very loud" and distracting, he's able to do what he's trying to achieve. The congressman made the comment Tuesday while speaking to the Utah Senate.

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Salt Lake Democratic Representative Brian King wants people to stop looking the other way.

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A Utah lawmaker wants to send a message to Washington. That message? Exclude the state of Utah from future national monument designations. 

Katherine Taylor

During the Monday opening of the Utah legislative session, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser listed infrastructure as a priority for the 2018 session.

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Poor air quality remains a serious health and environmental issue for many Utahns. At Monday’s opening of the Utah Legislative Session, many officials said they advocated for improving the state’s air quality. 

Kerry Bringhurst

Utah lawmakers opened the 2018 legislative session Monday. All Things Considered host Shalayne Smith-Needham interviews UPR News Director Kerry Bringhurst during her coverage from the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

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The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah says a Utah lawmaker's bill to bar doctors from performing abortions sought because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome is about restricting access to abortion, not protecting those with Down syndrome.

The association's President and CEO Karrie Galloway said in a statement Monday that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is "a deeply personal and sometimes complex decision" that should be left to women, their families, their doctors and their faiths."

Utahraptor, the potential new state dinosaur.
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A fight in the Utah Legislature over what should be named the state fossil has been avoided with the introduction of an official state dinosaur.

State Sen. Curt Bramble will end his push to have the Utahraptor replace the Allosaurus as the state fossil, and he plans to introduce legislation to name the Utahraptor as the new state dinosaur.

Dani Hayes

In his last opening remarks as House Speaker, Greg Hughes congratulated his fellow lawmakers, and himself, for working collaboratively to work to address homelessness, for enacting justice reform, for continued economic growth in the state, and for resolutions encouraging changes to Utah national monuments.

Dani Hayes

Education is often a topic of discussion during a legislative session and 2018 is no different.

Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams says his top priority is always education.

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According to the Utah Department of Health, 44 youths between the ages of 10 and 17 committed suicide in 2017.

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Earlier this month The American Farm Bureau held its 99th annual convention and trade show in Nashville, Tennessee. The nation’s Secretary of Agriculture addressed the large gathering of  farmers along with President Donald Trump.

Mitt Romney
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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is talking business with members of Utah's burgeoning tech industry but making no announcements about his political future amid rampant speculation about a possible Senate run.

Romney emphasized the importance of character as he talked high finance and entrepreneurship Friday to an enthusiastic crowd at a conference in Salt Lake City dubbed Silicon Slopes, the nickname for Utah's cluster of tech companies. It was his second appearance this week as he ratchets up his public profile in his adopted home state.

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