Latest Utah State Legislature News

Utah lawmakers weigh tightening rules for officer hiring

Nov. 21, 2020 9:00 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative committee this week approved a bill designed to prevent police officers under disciplinary investigation from jumping to another agency without a paper trail. “This will shore up situations where, for lack of a better description, a bad player can’t be...

Utah bill may exonerate some who injure protesters

Nov. 18, 2020 9:19 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state representative has proposed a bill that may exonerate drivers who accidentally kill or injure protesters while fleeing in fear for his or her life. The legislation advanced by Republican Rep. Jon Hawkins Tuesday would also make obstructing traffic during a riot into a...

FILE - Jeffery Ryans points at his ankle as he discusses his encounter with Salt Lake City police at his attorney's office on Aug. 5, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City's police dog apprehension program will remain suspended indefinitely, the police chief announced, after an officer ordered a dog to attack Ryans, who had put his hands in the air. Weeks after body camera footage of an officer directing a dog to attack Ryans came to light, the department ordered an internal affairs audit of its K9 apprehension program, Chief Mike Brown told reporters Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Utah lawmakers consider K9 training restrictions after audit

Nov. 17, 2020 5:42 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Months after a Black man was bit in the leg by a police dog in his own backyard, Utah lawmakers are now considering adding further training requirements for dogs and their handlers. At an interim committee hearing on Tuesday, legislators unanimously approved a bill that would require...

Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, speaks with people during an Utah Republican election night party Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. The hard-fought race for a congressional swing district in Utah remained too early to call on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, with just 18 votes separating the candidates and many left to count. Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams is running for a second term against former NFL player Owens, a Black conservative supporter of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Republican Burgess Owens unseats Utah congressman McAdams

Nov. 16, 2020 8:18 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams of Utah narrowly lost his bid to win re-election against former NFL player Burgess Owens, allowing Republicans to regain control of all four congressional seats in the conservative state. McAdams conceded in an online news conference Monday afternoon...

Republican Burgess Owens wins election to U.S. House in Utah's 4th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams

Nov. 16, 2020 6:04 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Burgess Owens wins election to U.S. House in Utah's 4th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams.

Republican John Curtis wins reelection to U.S. House in Utah's 3rd Congressional District

Nov. 4, 2020 2:41 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John Curtis wins reelection to U.S. House in Utah's 3rd Congressional District.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams speaks following a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah's only Democrat in Congress, McAdams is trying to fend off a challenge from Burgess Owens, a Black conservative and former NFL player, who champions President Donald Trump in the suburban Salt Lake City district where tight races have become the norm in recent years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Race too early to call for Utah's swing US House district

Nov. 4, 2020 1:15 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The congressional race for a suburban Salt Lake City House district was too early to call Tuesday night, with many votes still uncounted. The race has moderate Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams running for a second term against former NFL player Burgess Owens, a Black conservative...

Republican Chris Stewart wins reelection to U.S. House in Utah's 2nd Congressional District

Nov. 4, 2020 1:13 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Chris Stewart wins reelection to U.S. House in Utah's 2nd Congressional District.

Republican Blake Moore wins election to U.S. House in Utah's 1st Congressional District

Nov. 3, 2020 10:47 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Blake Moore wins election to U.S. House in Utah's 1st Congressional District.
Burgess Owens, Republican candidate in Utah's 4th Congressional District, poses for a photograph during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Spring City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Conspiracy theory QAnon bubbles into tossup Utah House race

Oct. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The conspiracy theory QAnon bubbled into the forefront in a competitive race for a suburban Utah swing congressional district this week, another sign of how the baseless theory has diffused into mainstream politics. Republican Burgess Owens has now come under scrutiny three times for...