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Increased polarization in Congress is concerning some Utah lawmakers about a possible federal shutdown.

Congress is now in August recess and has not yet passed a budget for the next fiscal year. That task, along with raising the debt ceiling, has some Utah lawmakers worried about an impending government shutdown.

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A board of Utah lawmakers recommended John Cannon, former head of government relations for the LDS Church, to lead the Legislature’s law drafting office on Thursday.

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In response to the Salt Lake County Recorder’s declining mental health, Utah state lawmakers are considering new procedures to remove local officials from office.

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A Utah interest group spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana claims it has support from most Utahns. 

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In June, state legislative leaders talked with alcoholic beverage stakeholders over the impacts of Utah’s new lowered DUI limit.

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Details about a 2018 ballot initiative seeking an independent redistricting commission to work with Utah’s Legislature surfaced last week. 

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Utah business and education leaders launched a new ballot initiative for the 2018 mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Revamping their effort following the 2017 General Session, Our Schools Now seeks to increase taxes to fund public education.

The Our Schools Now campaign to increase education funding changes to include a sales tax hike. Candidate for Utah Democratic Party chairperson Rob Miller pulls out of the race amid accusations of sexual harassment. And a poll shows Utahns disagree on why former FBI Director James Comey was fired from his position. 

 

  

A state audit of the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows millions of dollars in reporting errors. Two candidates looking to jump in to the 3rd district congressional race are rejected by the state. And Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder takes a job as Moab's police chief.

 On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Kathy Stephenson and Brian Maffly, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

According to the Dessert News, "Some disaffected Republicans and Democrats who say extreme views are co-opting their parties have decided to carve out a middle ground in Utah politics. Taking a centrist approach, the group announced the formation of the United Utah Party.

Executive Director of the United Utah Party, Jim Bennet, and University of Utah associate professor of political science, Tim Chambless, come on the show to answer your questions and explain the new party. 

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Utah’s legislative leadership authored a statement last week criticizing the Governor’s authority to call a special election to replace Rep. Chaffetz.

Is Home Sharing A Headache For Residential Areas?

May 15, 2017
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As short-term rentals become more popular in the U.S. through apps such as Airbnb and VRBO, more communities have taken measures to regulate online home-sharing. 

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More than 200 parents with toddlers marched on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Their purpose? Raise awareness about babies.

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Youth of color are treated differently than their white peers, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. The report shows significant racial inequality in the state juvenile justice system, even when youth commit the same crime.

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The Senate has voted down a bill that would require couples to pay $20 more to get a marriage license unless they take a six-hour course of marriage skills or undergo three hours of premarital counseling.

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The second leading cause of hearing loss in the United States comes from congenital cytomegalovirus, or CMV. It is also the most common congenital infection among infants, affecting about 1 in 150 children in the United States each year. Infants who contract the infection before birth can suffer from hearing loss and potential damage in the brain, eyes or inner ear.

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More than 200,000 people plan to march at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

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There aren’t many women serving in Utah’s legislature, but a new law this election year gives hopeful political candidates a new way to get on the their party’s primary ballot.  Jennifer Pemberton looked into whether or not the new alternative to Utah’s caucus-convention system might help more women get elected.

Drone Danger Halts Three Utah Wildfire Extinguishing Operations

Jun 20, 2016

 

Aerial firefighting operations were grounded for several hours on Sunday at three of Utah’s wildfire locations due to a drone sighting. Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Utah Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles in active wildfire areas.

What is Utah Doing to Prepare for a Water Crisis?

Apr 14, 2016
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  When it comes to water, what would it take to get to the point where we turn on the faucet and nothing comes out?

“We almost saw that scenario in California this last summer, and frankly it didn’t take that many poor winters for California to experience the most severe drought on record.”

Death Penalty Bill Passes Senate, Moves To House

Mar 7, 2016
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Utah Senators discussed Senate Bill 189, Death Penalty Amendments on Monday morning. 


Utah House Votes On Childhood Sexual Abuse Bill

Feb 27, 2016
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HB 279 passed in the House Friday, sponsored by Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan. The bill would change the law to allow those who were sexually abused as children to bring forward claims against their perpetrators until the victim is 53 years old.


Youth Group Takes on Tobacco at State Legislature

Feb 17, 2016
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Around 250 members of a statewide youth anti-tobacco advocacy group had an educational course for state legislators Wednesday morning.


Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that, if passed, would add to the human sexuality education curriculum in public and charter schools.  At least one lawmaker is questioning whether passing a comprehensive human sexuality education bill is needed.


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