A bill that would eliminate Straight Party Voting in Utah failed to pass out of the House Government Operations Committee today, despite a strong showing from public supporters.
Representative Patrice Arent wants you to have to look at every name on your ballot before you vote. She was sponsoring a bill that would have stripped the straight ticket option from Utah Ballots.
“Currently you can vote using one button or one mark and then vote for everybody in a party,” Arent said. “What this bill would do is say you have to actually look at every race and make a decision in every race. You could vote for everybody in a given party, but you would actually have to go through and mark those one by one.”
No students or staff were significantly harmed when a Cache County School Bus slid off the road on 400 East in Trenton, Utah Wednesday evening.
There were two aides and three children, one of whom was in a wheelchair, aboard the vehicle as well as the bus driver according to a press release from the Cache County Sheriff's Office. The child in the wheelchair was unable to leave the bus, but was carried off when Sheriff's deputies and other responders arrived at the scene.
An unprecedented cold spell in Moab has resulted in frozen water pipes all over town. The prolonged sub-freezing temperatures have wreaked unprecedented havoc on Moab’s water system. Ron pierce has lived here since 1954 and is considered a local weather expert.
"As far as I can remember it’s the coldest spell we’ve had for a long, long, long time. The average cold temperature for the month I think has been about 3.4, something like that, for the month of January."
A group of Utah Moms wants state lawmakers to go on record in support of doing something about northern Utah’s poor air quality. The group “Utah Moms for Clean Air” says it is drafting a clean-air pledge for state legislators, and Utah’s congressional delegation, to sign.
As the 2013 state legislature gets underway, a group of Utah moms is trying to get lawmakers to acknowledge northern Utah’s pollution problem – and then to do something about it. Ingrid Griffee, a board member with Utah Moms for Clean Air, says its time for legislators to take a stance on the issue.
A Utah district court judge has extended a custody order for a former member of the FLDS church who is seeking custody of his estranged children. Lorin Holm was married to three women and is father to eight children. In 2011 Holm was expelled from the FLDS church by leader Warren Jeffs for unspecified reasons.
Thereafter, his wives and children were assigned by church leadership to other men. But Holm has reconciled with his first wife, to whom he is lawfully married, and has sought custody of his children.
Democrats held a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday decrying the state of education in Utah. The executive committee of the party in Utah released what it said was a call for urgent action, and a report titled “Utah’s Faltering Education System.”
State Senator Jim Dabakis, chair of the Utah Democratic Party says that its time for Utahns to take a hard look at education in our state.
The 2013 legislative session kicked off Monday and Utah lawmakers are already discussing what the next 45 day session will look like. House Speaker Becky Lockhart helped set the tone with a speech about what Utah must do to be less reliant on the Federal Government.
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart began her 14th year on Utah’s Capitol Hill by issuing some harsh words to the Congress and the federal government.