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Making caucus meetings more accessible to voters has been a high priority for Rob Craig since he became chair of the Utah County Republican Party last May.

Utah's top elections officer says he won't allow the state Republican Party to enforce new party rules attempting to kick out candidates in two congressional districts who attempt to gather voter signatures to become the party's nominee.

Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told KUER-FM that he won't allow someone to remove another person from their political party.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who will not be running for re-election in 2018.
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Nearly one-fifth of state lawmakers are not running for re-election this year.

The retiring lawmakers include some big names like Speaker Greg Hughes, tax-guru Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson and Republican Rep. Mike Noel, known for his clashes with environmentalists.

Mitt Romney focuses on Utah in Senate Campaign.
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Mitt Romney is shaking hands, posing for pictures and cracking jokes as he barnstorms Utah seeking votes for his Senate bid.

What he isn't doing is talking about his well-documented feuds with President Trump.

Lawmakers plan to ask voters to approve an increase in gas taxes of 10 cents per gallon.
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Utah lawmakers are working on a deal that would raise gas taxes and send more money to schools in order to stop a ballot initiative that would hike sales and income tax rates.

A bill unveiled Tuesday afternoon would ask voters in November to raise gas taxes by 10 cents a gallon.

Utah lawmakers reject "red flag" bill in fear of encroaching on constitutional rights.
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Lawmakers in conservative Utah have rejected a bill to allow police to temporarily confiscate guns of those deemed to be a threat.

The so-called "red flag" bill is similar to proposals a number of other states are debating in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month that killed 17.

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Community members voiced their concerns over a proposed bill to create an Inland Port Authority to oversee development in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Westpointe Community Council Vice Chairman Terry Thomas says the council believes the Legislature's late introduction of the bill is "by design to impede fair and proper citizen and stakeholder due process."

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Community members voiced their concerns over a proposed bill to create an Inland Port Authority to oversee development in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Westpointe Community Council Vice Chairman Terry Thomas says the council believes the Legislature's late introduction of the bill is "by design to impede fair and proper citizen and stakeholder due process."

Medicaid expalsion passes first hurdle.
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A Republican lawmaker's plan to expand Medicaid in Utah has passed its first hurdle in the state Legislature.

Republican Rep. Robert Spendlove's plan would expand the state and federal health insurance program to cover about 60,000 of the state's poor living just under the poverty level.

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A legislative committee is sending to the full Senate a bill to require lobbyists at the Utah state Capitol to undergo annual anti-harassment training.

The Deseret News reports that Republican Sen. Margaret Dayton of Orem was the only Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee member to vote Friday against endorsing HB110.

At a February legislative town hall in Logan, Wes Carter and Kai Torrens were two of the youngest people in the room. They’re both Logan High School students and members of the Logan Environmental Action Force, or LEAF club.

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The Weber County  District Attorney's office filed charges of forgery and violations of petition procedures against two contractors for a company called Gather.  Gather is working to collect signatures to get the Utah Medical Cannabis Act and the Direct Primary Election initiatives on the ballot this November. 

Stubborn red lights could no longer be an issue.
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A legislative panel has approved a bill that would allow Utah motorists to proceed through an intersection after coming to a full stop at a stubborn red light during times of low travel when no other vehicles are present.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan, denies the measure would give a green light to running red lights.

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Grand County Republican Rep. Carl Abrecht's HJR1 is pretty straightforward. Its 36 short lines of text conclude with an appeal to Utah's congressional delegation. The message? Pass legislation to make Utah exempt from future National Monument designations.

Utah lawmakers may no longer be warned that their bills might be unconstitutional.

A committee of House lawmakers on Monday approved a proposal that would no longer require the Legislature's attorneys to add the notes to bills that were unlikely to survive a legal challenge.

A Utah Senate committee has approved legislation barring abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted 3-2 in favor of the bill Monday.

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Utah lawmakers on Friday rejected a proposal to add a fee to plastic or paper bags in the state, and advanced a measure to prevent local governments from taking their own action to curb the use of plastic bags. 

Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah.
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A group of high school students in Utah are coming together to stand in protest of gun violence in schools.

Students at Ben Lomond High School will stand quietly at their desks for three minutes to call attention to the continuing gun violence in schools. The protest begins at 2:14 p.m. Monday, and every Monday thereafter.

Gov. Gary Herbert discusses stricter gun control measures in realtion to preventing school schootings.
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Gov. Gary Herbert says he'd support more gun control measures as Utah legislators have signaled they'll look at how the state can prevent school shootings.

Herbert said in an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast Friday that he might support restrictions on large capacity magazines and raising the legal age to buy assault-style rifles from 18 to 21.

Can Medical Marijuana Help Utah's Opioid Crisis?

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A pain management expert weighs in on the use of medical marijuana for chronic pain.
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A medical marijuana bill has passed the Utah House session. House bill 197 would require the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow marijuana to be dispensed to patients under “the right to try.” 

Navajos who once worried they'd have to drive hours to cast their ballots in Utah say a new settlement is a step forward as tribes challenge what they call discriminatory voting practices around the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah said Thursday the settlement that requires tribal-accessible polling places and Navajo-language help is a victory for voting rights after a switch to mail-in voting left behind native voters.

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Utah lawmakers are working to find out more about deaths in Utah's jails after a series of inmate deaths last year.

Republican Sen. Todd Weiler's proposal requires jails and prisons to submit annual reports on jail deaths, how they treat inmates who are addicted to opioids and what prescribed drugs are not given to inmates while they're incarcerated.

Governor Gary Herbert’s Wednesday press conference included a discussion of mass shootings and how to prevent them. The exchange started with a question from Bob Bernick of Utah Policy.

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, and in light of harassment allegations on Utah’s Capitol Hill, lawmakers are considering implementing anti-harassment training for lobbyists, much like the one legislators are already required to take.

  


  A new task force created to try and slow a troubling rise of teen suicides in Utah is recommending that officials ratchet up public messaging to implore gun-owing parents to keep firearms locked up.

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