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Utah Legislature indicators off on repeal of straight-party voting

Since 2013, Rep. Patrice Arent has sponsored the identical invoice — amongst different payments — yearly: a repeal of the choice on Utah ballots to help all of the candidates of a selected occasion with a single vote. Initially, the Milcreek Democrat’s proposal was useless on arrival on the Republican-controlled Legislature. Final yr, the invoice made it out of committee and thru the Home solely to “die on the board” as it’s referred to as on the Capitol, failing to be heard within the Senate earlier than the stroke of…

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Legislature OKs invoice to cease high-interest lenders from having debtors arrested

The Legislature gave ultimate passage Wednesday a invoice to cease a high-interest lender that has managed to jail debtors who default on loans and seize their bail cash — and dropped a controversial proposal that might have allowed assortment businesses and attorneys to make use of that apply. The Senate voted 24-Three to move HB319, and the Home then concurred with its amendments on a 68-Zero vote. It now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his consideration. Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, sponsored the invoice after ProPublica last year reported how…

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Rural counties to obtain $10M enhance from Legislature

Rural counties in Utah are poised to get a leg up from the Legislature this session as each the Senate and Home handed a bill approving $10 million in grants to be awarded to counties which were largely overlooked of the financial increase alongside the Wasatch Entrance. SB95 is meant to spice up the struggling smaller counties by giving county officers the flexibility to direct financial improvement cash the place it’s most wanted, hopefully spurring job creation and improvement in these areas. Rep. Carl Albrecht, R-Richfield, stated the grant pool…

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Utah Rep. Lee Perry to retire from the Legislature

Utah Rep. Lee Perry on Monday introduced he is not going to be searching for reelection and plans to retire on the finish of his time period after 10 years within the Legislature. “I hope that in my service that I’ve planted bushes, underneath whose shade I don’t count on to sit down,” the Perry Republican wrote on Twitter. In an interview Monday morning, Perry stated he’d initially supposed to bow out after eight years however ended up serving one final time period to assist mentor the subsequent technology of…

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Michael Norman: Utah Legislature has declared conflict on public training

As a retired public educator, I’ve watched with frustration as state legislators, one after one other, discuss concerning the excessive precedence and dedication they need to correctly fund public training. Sadly, it sounds the identical right now because it did once I arrived at Weber State College in 1981 — empty rhetoric and unfulfilled guarantees. Some folks have been shocked that Salt Lake teachers walked off the job final Friday, though I can’t think about why. The one factor that shocked me was that lecturers didn’t strike years in the…

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Fetal stays invoice features ultimate passage in Utah Legislature

A requirement that well being care amenities eliminate fetal stays by burial or cremation handed the Utah Legislature on Friday after lawmakers reinstated the two-option mandate for circumstances of miscarriage along with abortion. The Utah Home earlier this week modified the bill so that girls who miscarry would have a 3rd selection — to let hospitals eliminate the stays together with different organic waste — whereas girls who get an abortion wouldn’t. The Senate refused to go together with that change, after Sen. Curt Bramble instructed the chamber that legislative…

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Utah Legislature OKs digital driver license program

Legislators gave last approval Thursday to a invoice designed to beat some last obstacles which have prevented Utah from providing digital driver licenses or identification playing cards on smartphones. The Senate voted 24-Zero to concur with Home amendments to SB110 , which now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his consideration. It could order the state to develop a pilot program for these licenses, after which implement a everlasting program. “So many fewer individuals are carrying wallets and purses as of late as a result of all the information we…

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Charlotte Maloney: Utah Legislature continues to disclaim ladies equal rights

Ladies, please listen. The Republican-led Utah Legislature continues to disclaim us the equal remedy below the legislation that we deserve. As of the time of this writing, Rep. Karen Kwan’s decision for Utah to ratify the Equal Rights Modification, HJR007, is being held within the Guidelines Committee, unassigned, the place it has been since day certainly one of this session. Within the face of overwhelming constituent assist throughout Utah, many Republican legislators proceed utilizing their playbook of ignoring the need of the individuals and, on this case, it’s harming ladies.…

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Ed Rutan: Legislature has accountability to forestall gun deaths in Utah

You see T-shirts across the Utah Capitol lately proclaiming that “Weapons Save Lives.” Not in Utah they don’t. What number of actual lives do weapons save yearly in Utah? 4 hundred? Something near that? No. It’s unhealthy sufficient that deaths from gun violence have elevated nationally by 17% from 2008 to 2017, however in Utah the rise was a shocking 45% over the identical interval. To whom can we flip in an effort to reverse this surprising and unacceptable pattern? Utah state Rep. Cory Maloy has publicly said that the…

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Daylight saving invoice good points closing passage by Utah Legislature

Utah lawmakers have agreed on a plan to abolish the clock-changing ritual of daylight saving, voting in favor of the swap after a Home ground debate that pitted night time owls towards early birds. A bill to put Utah permanently on Mountain Daylight Time — or summertime hours — cleared the Utah Home on Wednesday with just one dissenting vote and can change into regulation if Gov. Gary Herbert indicators it. Nevertheless, even it it receives this closing endorsement, the proposal received’t take impact till federal regulation modifications to provide…

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