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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. 

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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.

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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.

Lawmakers move to eradicate the death penalty.
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Utah's Republican Speaker of the House is backing an effort to repeal the death penalty in the state three years after lawmakers voted to reinstate the use of the firing squad as a backup execution method.

House Speaker Greg Hughes and Republican Rep. Gage Froerer say it will be an uphill battle to persuade the GOP-controlled Legislature to ban capital punishment even though a similar ban came close to passing two years ago.

High school students planning to march on the state capital.
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Utah high school students are planning to march on the Utah Capitol in support of gun control.

The event planned for March 24 takes a cue from students marching on the Florida state capital after surviving a school shooting that killed 17 people as part of a national campaign called March For Our Lives.

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A measure asking Congress to exempt Utah from the 1906 Antiquities Act passed through the Utah House Friday.

 

Lawmakers voted 59-13 to progress Rep. Carl Albrecht’s House Joint Resolution 1, which calls on Utah’s congressional delegation to draft legislation excluding Utah from future national monument designations by a president.

Governor Gary Herbert comments on DUI and abortion bills.
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Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's strict new DUI threshold is here to stay.Herbert said at a press conference Thursday that while there may be some tweaks to the 0.05 percent blood alcohol limit taking effect Dec. 30, it won't be repealed or delayed.

The mayor of a Salt Lake City suburb has approved a $15,000 raise for himself just weeks after taking office.The 10 percent pay raise takes Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn's salary up to $162,000 a year, more than mayors in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo make.

Mitt Romney makes his candidacy for Utah Senate seat official.
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Republican Mitt Romney is trying for a political comeback as he launches a Senate campaign in Utah.The former presidential nominee confirmed his widely anticipated plans Friday in an online video. The announcement features his leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and says the conservative state and its residents can show Washington how to govern respectfully.

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House bill 58 would allow people on bicycles to treat stop signs like yield signs, and to stop and look both ways before proceeding through a red light.

Currently, cyclists are required to follow vehicle rules for stop signs and stop at red lights for 90 seconds, and then proceed if the intersection is clear.

Utah lawmakers passing controversial bill encouraging universities to involve police during sexual assault reports.
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A panel of Utah lawmakers is approving a campus sexual assault bill despite concerns that encouraging colleges to alert police to serious cases could keep victims from reporting assaults.Rep. Kim Coleman pointed Thursday to Utah cases where women reported assaults only to find school officials already knew about multiple allegations against the perpetrator and didn't stop them. She insists that should never happen.

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Utah lawmakers are once again considering getting rid of the death penalty, two years after legislators came close to making the move.

A bill sponsored by Republican state Rep. Gage Froerer of Huntsville would prohibit Utah prosecutors from seeking the death penalty starting May 8. The nine men currently on death row would still be executed.

Mitt romney to launch Senate Campaign this week.
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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running for the Senate in Utah.

Three people with direct knowledge of the plan say Romney will formally launch his campaign in a video on Thursday. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate is scheduled for Friday in Utah. The people who provided the information asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about Romney's plans in advance.

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