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Friday, March 17, 2017

Intoxicated Judgment

Opponents of HB155 gather at Capitol to oppose drastic DUI bill.
Although the legislative session—one marked with numerous protests—ended March 9, Dabakis told City Weekly Friday the reason for the 11th-hour rally was because HB115’s passage left legislators “dumbfounded.”

Friday, March 10, 2017

Last Day of the Leg

62nd Legislative Session ends on tepid, “drama free” note.
Around 5:30 Thursday evening, emphatically, an elected representative on the House floor cracked a bingo joke. “Blackout!” she yelled after the speaker pro tem read out a list of bill numbers.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

End of the Road

Booze, public lands and “no promo homo” make a splash during 62nd Legislative Session.
Utah’s 2017 Legislative session wrapped up at Midnight on Thursday. Here’s a look at the liquor bills that have passed this session and will become law after the governor signs them:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women’s Work

Group gears up for last-minute push at Utah Capitol.
As legislators prepare to adjourn Thursday, scores of Utah women and their supporters say the Legislature has largely failed women this session. ...

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Direct Response

SLC Consulate opens immigrant defense center.
As President Donald Trump’s administration cracks down on illegal immigration, Mexicans living in Utah are wondering what the implications will be for them or their families.

X-Rated

Anti-porn bill inches closer to governor’s desk.
A bill making it easier for pornography producers to be sued by those who feel they were damaged by porn when they were young has passed its next-to-last test in the Utah Legislature. But more lawsuits isn’t the number one goal behind the bill, sponsor Todd Weiler, R-Wood Cross, told the House Judiciary Committee Friday.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Swallow Not Guilty

High-profile corruption trial comes to astonishing end.
Muted sobs came from the gallery behind a remarkably steady John Swallow Thursday night as nine “not guilty” verdicts were pronounced aloud.

Stirred and Shaken

A look at liquor’s hold on the Utah Legislature this year.
First, legislative leaders in January said they were drawing up a plan to take down Utah’ tallest liquor law and raise another barrier to booze: a higher tax on liquor in order to fund prevention programs.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Godfather by the Sea

Final arguments leave Swallow's fate in jury's hands.
Much like in the first days of the trial, it was Shurtleff and Lawson who dominated Burmeister's spinning of a web of conspiracy rather than the defendant

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Swallow Trial Reaches Last Leg

... and another charge is dropped before its conclusion.
A legal parade comprised of material witnesses, reams of documents and charts of phone data has reached its end. All the evidence that the jury will rely on to determine the guilt or innocence of John Swallow, who faces nine remaining corruption-related charges, has been introduced and offered.

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