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Utah lawmaker plans legislation for amusement park oversight

Utah lawmaker plans legislation for amusement park oversight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker plans to again propose legislation that would add oversight of amusement parks in Utah, one of only six states where an agency isn’t assigned to keep tabs on the parks. Republican state Rep. Val Potter sponsored a bill last year that would […]

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State Capital Building of Utah.

Lawmaker wants changes to voter-approved Medicaid expansion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker is proposing changes to a full Medicaid expansion passed by voters in November. Republican Sen. Allen Christensen of North Ogden tells The Salt Lake Tribune that the plan needs “guardrails” in place to avoid cost overruns. He says a sales tax increase […]

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Governor pitches plan to tax more services, cut overall rate

Governor pitches plan to tax more services, cut overall rate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is pitching his plan of adding new sales taxes while cutting the overall rate, an issue that could be contentious during the upcoming legislative session. Herbert told the Utah Taxpayers Association on Monday that economic changes have significantly narrowed the sales […]

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State Capital Building of Utah.

Utah Legislature will boast record number of women

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The incoming Utah Legislature will include a record number of women, though the state still lags behind the national average. The Salt Lake Tribune reports this week that 25 of the 104 members will be women. That accounts for 24 percent — the highest portion in state […]

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Lawmaker seeks redesign of ‘SOB’ Utah state flag

Lawmaker seeks redesign of ‘SOB’ Utah state flag

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state lawmaker is leading an effort to redesign a clunky Utah state flag that critics have called an “S.O.B.” — seal on a bedsheet. State Rep Steve Handy recently announced he will introduce a bill creating a flag review commission that could ultimately […]

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Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune             
After midnight, Utah Governor Gary Herbert thanks the Representatives for their work as the Legidlators ended the 2012 session in the Utah House of Representatives, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Utah governor wants to cut tax rate, add taxes on services

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday proposed adding new sales taxes on services while cutting the overall tax rate, part of a reform effort he said will be a “heavy lift” but is essential for the state’s economic future. Herbert outlined the idea as he […]

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Medical-marijuana advocates challenging new law in court

Medical-marijuana advocates challenging new law in court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Medical-marijuana advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing the drug, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the changes create overwhelming obstacles for suffering patients. It asks a judge to set aside the overhaul […]

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Utah lawmakers eye budget surplus to fund new state prison

Utah lawmakers eye budget surplus to fund new state prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature voted unanimously to allocate $235 million to the construction of a new state prison in Salt Lake City. Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, says lawmakers had already authorized up to $285 million in bonding for the prison relocation project. But new state revenue […]

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State Capital Building of Utah.

Utah lawmakers approve medical pot changes, despite concerns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise that secured the support of the influential Mormon church but sparked a backlash from advocates. Supporters of the compromise cheered the vote, saying it would help […]

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Utah House passes medical marijuana compromise

Utah House passes medical marijuana compromise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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. The Monday vote came after about two hours of debate. It now goes to the Utah Senate, […]

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