Posted // March 6,2014 For years the idea of imposing limits on the amount of cash that can be donated to Utahns running for office has had little traction on the hill. But thanks to the antics of the ethically-impaired former Attorney General a House committee passed a bill out favorably for the first time in state history to cap donation limits for candidates running for office.
Posted // March 6,2014 Rep. Gage Froerer candidly admitted that he does not know the long term effects of a cannabis-oil treatment for Utah children with severe epilepsy—but he does know the consequences of not doing anything. “Most of these kids don't live to be 18,” Froerer said. And while he admitted the treatment likely wouldn't give them full lives, it would improve them. “If we can give them a day, a week, or a month o a higher quality of life then I feel the state of Utah owes these parents to seek that [treatment] out.”
Posted // March 6,2014 Law enforcement agencies every year find themselves in the difficult position of having to knock down doors in pursuit of the bad guys, without ever quite knowing what they'll find on the other side.
Posted // March 6,2014 Breathalyzer machines have started popping up in Utah clubs the last few years, offering patrons a fun and educational new bar game that actually allows them to test their blood alcohol content limit for a small fee.
Posted // March 6,2014 Upgrading your phone can be a hassle, but the feeling of a feather-light, shiny new gadget in your pocket can make you feel like a member of the 1 percent. And because the 1 percent can often be found waiting for the bus while wearing $1,500 glasses, The Utah Department of Technology is jumping on board early with a transit new app for the hands-free Google Glass.
Posted // March 5,2014 For multiple lawmakers on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee it was clear that the Zion Walls used to shield restaurant-goers from viewing the pouring of alcohol was an important fortification from turning their family-friendly diners into seedy bars. For Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City whose bill would allow for the walls to come down, he was forced to ask critical lawmakers if they knew what they were talking about. “Have you ever actually been into a real bar?” Powell asked. “It's not a restaurant, its quite clear.”
Posted // March 4,2014 Nine-year-old football phenom Samantha Gordon is no longer the only Utahn to grace a Wheaties cereal box. Park City resident and Sochi Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg will soon join the ranks of the notable athletes like Michael Jordan, Carl Lewis and Barry Sanders who believe in the awesome power of bran flakes.
Posted // March 4,2014 In 2013, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck came close to passing a bill that would require county and city clerks to allow voters to register and vote on election day. The bill was killed over a concerns about costs and possible fraud issues, but now Chavez-Houck has resurrected the bill as a pilot program that cities and counties would voluntarily opt into.
Posted // March 4,2014 In an effort to show that the state of Utah won't simply sell off all of the federal land it hopes to seize from Washington, state legislators Tuesday gave a favorable nod to a bill that establishes the Utah Wilderness Act.
Posted // March 4,2014 When a sexual assault happens, a rape kit is administered to the victim with the hopes that the evidence collected can be analyzed and used to track down the culprit. Unfortunately, its been found recently that there may be thousands of untested kits sitting on evidence shelves in Utah's police departments. But Tuesday, a bill passed out of committee that would require law enforcement to at least notify sexual assault victims if they won't process the rape kits.
Posted // March 4,2014 Saying the seas wouldn't rise if the polar ice cap melted and that loads of Co2 doesn't make it hard to breath, Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price, tried to persuade his colleagues to support a bill that would have defined carbon as a pollutant only after it reached beyond levels that scientists say would fundamentally shift the earth's climate.
Posted // March 4,2014 John Knotwell, R-Herriman passed out of committee Tuesday House Bill 137, a bill that would give minors punished for underage alcohol crimes with at least a third-strike chance to correct their behavior before facing a two-year suspension of their driver's license.
Posted // March 4,2014 A bill that would give financial assistance for homeowners to change out their polluting wood burning fireplaces with cleaner natural gas heating cleared a legislative committee Tuesday, but a key provision that would have bolstered wood burning enforcements during inversions perished.
Posted // March 4,2014 Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Salt Lake City took on a tall order with his Living Wage Amendments Bill seeking to raise the state minimum wage to $10.25 an hour. Not only did the bill come with a $20 million fiscal note but one witness testifying against the bill pointed out that it was even higher than the minimum wage increase President Barack Obama had requested of the federal rate during his last State of the Union address. Those factors alone could have easily killed the bill dead in its tracks which is why it was actually a minor victory that the committee voted to have the bill sent to the Interim for further study before the next legislative session.
Posted // March 3,2014 Utah is often referred to as the “Happy Valley,” but is that a misnomer? In the wake of recent data, the smiling faces that are so often synonymous with the state may simply be a veneer for what Utahns are really feeling.
Posted // March 3,2014 An opiate overdose can often mean the last bad choice an addict makes, even one attempting recovery. But while oftentimes people watching an overdose happen have only been able to call 911 and wait, a bill at the Legislature would allow for the wider use of Narcan, a treatment that when given to a person experiencing an overdose can bring them back to life almost immediately.