With less than nine days left in the legislative session, time is running out for lawmakers to get their bills heard in committee for a chance to be voted on. But some legislators say time isn’t the only thing working against them, claiming the Rules Committee is holding certain bills with no intention of letting them be heard at all this session. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what’s behind the conflict.
A bill that requires individual classrooms in Utah to recite the pledge of allegiance every school day got unanimous support in the Senate this morning. Under SB 223, sponsored by Republican Senator Aaron Osmond, Kindergarten through 12th grade public school classrooms must recite the pledge once at the beginning of each day, led by a student. Osmond says while visiting schools across the state, he observed a lack of engagement in the pledge among students, teachers and staff, and an apparent lack of understanding of what it means.
Over 1,500 Utah State University employees received an email this month for the opportunity to apply for a Hazing Awareness Scholarship. USU scholarship coordinator, Patty Kohler, explains to UPR's Storee Powell what is fishy about this email and how to avoid scams like this in the future.
A bill seeking to triple the length of Utah’s mandatory abortion waiting period is one step closer becoming law. Friday, the House Health and Human Services Committee approved the measure, saying the extra time could only help women in making their decision. But as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, plenty of people spoke out against it, saying it violates the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
A bill passed a house committee today that would require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control commission to consist of at least two drinkers of alcohol. The bill's sponsor, Brian Doughty, sees that other state boards and commissions require members to be licensed or have experience in field they regulate. Ashley Tolman reports.
Some Utah lawmakers are going a step further this year to take ownership of public lands from the federal government. Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert said he supports more drastic measures being proposed during this legislative session, even if they result in a lawsuit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on the state’s latest approach to the debate.
Senator Lee said revenue from the development of federal lands could be used to make the state's education system the best in the country. He is urging Utah Lawmakers to assert their rights to access public lands within the state and stand against the overreach of the federal government.
A judge in St. George has granted a father the right to visit his children, from whom he has been estranged since FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs reassigned them to other families. Chris Holmes reports from Southern Utah.
A bill to expand the Utah Department of Workforce Services is getting a lot of attention on Salt Lake City’s Capitol Hill. Under the plan, the Division of Housing & Community Development would become part of the state agency, something proponents say is more cost effective and efficient. But as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, local housing organizations say the move could be disastrous.