The Utah attorney general’s office has filed criminal charges against the chief of police and the town manager of Springdale, Utah alleging the pair conspired to redirect tens-of-thousands of dollars of traffic fines to city coffers instead of the local justice court.
Town manager Richard Wixom and police chief Kurt Wright are charged with one count each of failure to keep and pay over public money—a third-degree felony.
Utah Democrats announced legislation aimed at addressing air pollution this morning. The announcement comes after several groups have demanded action from lawmakers and the governor to improve northern Utah’s notoriously poor air quality.
Members of the Utah House & Senate Democratic Caucuses are drafting a package of bills that they say will help curb air pollution in the state. Representative Patrice Arent summed up the purpose of the legislation.
A legislative committee today approved a bill to reauthorize a Utah task force charged with helping veterans make a smoother transition back into society. The Political Subdivisions Standing Committee heard testimony from the House sponsor of SB 38, Republican Representative Tim Cosgrove.
One Utah lawmaker wants to make it easier for parents to talk to their kids about sex education. This morning, a bill that would require the state school board to develop education materials for parents to teach children about sex at home passed out of committee, but lawmakers say this bill isn’t about trying to take sex education out of Utah classrooms.
Republican Senator Stuart Reid of Ogden doesn’t want parents to shy away from having ‘the talk’ with their kids.
Audience members at the annual Polar Plunge got a thrill as community members dressed from Elvis to Ninja Turtles, jumped into freezing water Saturday. The divers did the deed in the name of good clean fun and to raise money for Utah Special Olympics.
Supporters of a bill to get insurers to cover children with Autism created a colorful display in the capitol rotunda this morning.
A group of parents, children and employees from Home Depot met in the capitol rotunda this morning to construct a large crate in the shape of the state of Utah. Then they filled the structure with more than 18,000 colorful plastic balls. Mirella Petersen, President of the Utah Autism Coalition, explained the purpose of the exhibit.
Who should be allowed in smoke shops? One Utah Representative says no one under the age of 19. That’s why he is sponsoring a bill this year hoping to make that a law. But some lawmakers question the bill’s intent.
Utah law prohibits anyone under the age of 19 from smoking. But Clearfield Republican Representative Paul Ray wants to take that one step further by banning anyone under the age of 19 from setting foot inside a smoke shop all together.
Ray consistently pushes for tighter regulations on the state’s smoke shops saying it’s an issue that hits close to home.
Stricter seatbelt laws could be coming to Utah. Today, a bill that would require seatbelts to be worn on Utah’s highways passed out of committee, but some lawmakers argue the proposed legislation violate personal freedom.
It is already against the law not to wear a seatbelt in Utah. But...currently l it’s a secondary offense, meaning officers can only issue a ticket if another violation is committed.