Latest Utah state government News

Utah lawmaker opens impeachment probe of attorney general

Jan. 26, 2021 7:03 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker in Utah said Tuesday he is launching an impeachment probe against Attorney General Sean Reyes following his support of President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. State Rep. Andrew Stoddard said he is pursuing impeachment because of his...

State Rep. Walt Brooks, R-St. George, sponsor of HB60, speaks to members of the House Judiciary Standing Committee at the Capitol in Salt Lake City, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. HB60 would remove the state's requirement for law-abiding Utahns over the age of 21 to have a permit to lawfully carry a concealed firearm. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret News via AP)

Utah House votes to allow concealed guns without a permit

Jan. 26, 2021 6:00 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House voted Tuesday to allow adults to carry concealed weapons without a permit, despite some GOP dissent. Republican Rep. Merrill Nelson worried the idea would bring Utah one step closer to the “wild West,” the Deseret News reported. Nelson said he was a gun...

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) passes the ball as New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmakers defend Jazz star Mitchell in feud with Shaq

Jan. 26, 2021 4:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers took a stand Tuesday to defend Jazz star Donovan Mitchell against critiques by Shaquille O’Neal by passing a playful resolution that calls out O'Neal for his poor free throw shooting during his playing days and makes fun of the “Kazaam” movie he...

Salt Lake City School District students to return to classes

Jan. 26, 2021 4:02 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A school district in northern Utah has reopened to elementary students after increased pressure from state lawmakers and parents during the coronavirus pandemic. The Salt Lake City School District board first voted to reopen middle schools and high schools after all teachers and...

Lawmakers test positive for virus, activists target meeting

Jan. 25, 2021 6:01 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19, the same day a few anti-mask activists briefly shut down a legislative hearing. Meanwhile, another lawmaker who has been absent from the session since it began last week has been hospitalized with the disease caused by the coronavirus,...

Gov. Spencer Cox, alongside his wife Abby Cox, are greeted as they enter the House chamber for the State of the State address at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool)

Utah governor gives his 1st State of the State address

Jan. 21, 2021 10:05 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox outlined his priorities, including expanding funding for public education and infrastructure, during his first State of the State address Thursday evening. The Republican governor delivered his virtual address in the House chamber of the state’s Capitol....

Utah Gov.-elect Spencer Cox announces details related to the upcoming transition of leadership in the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Cox, who won the governor's race this week, said he is prepared to continue the fight against COVID-19 when he succeeds Herbert in January. He said he hopes to focus on ramping up testing, adding more contact tracers and implementing vaccine distribution. (Steve Griffin/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Unclaimed 2nd vaccine doses to be re-distributed, gov says

Jan. 21, 2021 7:49 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is ordering vaccine shots set aside as second doses be re-distributed as first doses to new people if the original patient doesn’t come back for their follow-up appointment a few weeks later. The second shots will be released if they’re not claimed...

First female mayor to serve in St. George's 160-year history

Jan. 21, 2021 11:04 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — For the first time since the city of St. George was founded in 1861, a woman will serve as mayor. City councilwoman Michele Randall was appointed mayor of St. George in a four-to-one vote Tuesday afternoon, the Spectrum newspaper reports. She will serve the 11 months remaining in...

District to restart class amid court case, statehouse debate

Jan. 20, 2021 7:59 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City students are expected to resume in-person learning for at least two days per week amid arguments by legislative leaders and attorneys representing parents. If that plan changes, though, the Salt Lake City School District could lose funding under a bill that advanced at...

Members of the House of Representatives are partitioned by plexiglass as the Utah State Legislature opens the 2021 legislative session at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah Legislature opens amid pandemic, protest concerns

Jan. 19, 2021 3:27 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature's 2021 session opened Tuesday with words of hope and heightened security measures against a backdrop of possibly violent protests and the coronavirus pandemic. The Capitol, which is usually buzzing with activity as lobbyists, advocates and others walk the halls,...