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Utah lawmakers vote down extension of truck ban on highway

Utah lawmakers vote down extension of truck ban on highway

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have declined to extend a 15-year truck ban on a scenic highway north of Salt Lake City. A state Senate committee last week voted down a measure that sought to push the ban’s expiration date to July 2022. Trucks will be allowed to […]

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Plan to scale back voter-passed Medicaid expansion advances

Plan to scale back voter-passed Medicaid expansion advances

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers’ plan reduce the number of people covered under a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid has cleared another hurdle. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the 9-6 committee vote on Wednesday sends the proposal to the full House of Representatives. It passed the Senate last week. The plan […]

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Plan to remove slavery from Utah Constitution clears hurdle

Plan to remove slavery from Utah Constitution clears hurdle

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers has unanimously approved removing a provision in the state constitution that allows slavery as punishment for a crime. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Tuesday vote came after religious leaders, activists and others spoke up to say slavery doesn’t belong anywhere in […]

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Utah lawmakers asked to find $20M more for wildfire costs

Utah lawmakers asked to find $20M more for wildfire costs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are being asked to find nearly $20 million more in spending to cover the costs of the state’s worst wildfire season on record. The Deseret News reports the state has already spent $42 million on fire suppression costs and post-fire rehabilitation for the 1,327 wildfires […]

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Legislature to vote on medical-marijuana compromise

Legislature to vote on medical-marijuana compromise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a medical-marijuana special session of the Utah Legislature (all times local): 2 p.m. The Utah House of Representatives has passed a compromise plan to legalize medical marijuana despite concerns that the regulations make it too hard for patients to access the drug. […]

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Legislators: Draft bill on marijuana set for consideration

Legislators: Draft bill on marijuana set for consideration

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers and others involved in forging legislation to revise a voter-approved medical marijuana law say they’ve settled on a new version for consideration during an anticipated December special session. The Utah Medical Cannabis Act set to be discussed during a legislative committee hearing Monday would replace […]

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Utah lawmakers seek valuation of federal lands in state

Utah lawmakers seek valuation of federal lands in state

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers want to get a valuation of federal lands in the state so they can deliver a bill to the U.S government to show how much revenue the lands could generate if they were privately owned. The Legislative Management Committee is meeting Tuesday to […]

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Utah Legislature makes tax credit for large families

Utah Legislature makes tax credit for large families

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have approved a tax change they say will help protect large families who might otherwise be adversely impacted by federal tax reform. Supporters said the $30 million tax credit approved during a special Legislative session Wednesday would not entirely make up for the […]

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Utah Senate President John Valentine in the first meeting of the newly-elected Senate leadership.
Photo by Trent Nelson; 11.10.2004

Online sales tax decision could give Utah another $60M

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are planning to ramp up the collection of online sales tax after a key U.S. Supreme Court decision, though much of the new money is expected to go toward an already-passed tax break for manufacturers. Officials estimated Thursday the state could collect $60 […]

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Utah lawmakers planning new effort on gun control bill

Utah lawmakers planning new effort on gun control bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are planning to reconsider gun control legislation after blocking a previous effort in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting earlier this year. Republican Rep. Steve Handy told lawmakers Wednesday he was working on a so-called “red flag” bill which would allow […]

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