Latest Utah state government News

Utah representative to resign, citing busy work schedule

Sep. 18, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rep. John Knotwell has announced his resignation from the Utah Legislature at the end of September. The Herriman Republican cited a demanding work and travel schedule as the reason for his departure in a prepared statement Wednesday. According to his LinkedIn profile , he has worked...

Herbert names Department of Environmental Quality director

Sep. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has a new top environmental regulator. Gov. Gary Herbert's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Scott Baird as executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Baird has served as the department's interim director since June and has worked for the...

Utah attorney general: Purdue Pharma 'morally bankrupt'

Sep. 18, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is calling OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma a "morally bankrupt" company and heralding that it will be out of the pharmaceutical industry thanks to terms of a tentative settlement with states. Reyes said in a statement Tuesday that said no dollar amount...

Utah lawmakers to pay ex-Attorney General $1.5M settlement

Sep. 17, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has formally approved a settlement with former state Attorney General John Swallow after he was acquitted of bribery. The $1.5 million settlement was agreed upon in a special session Monday to reimburse the former attorney general for his legal fees. Officials say...

Utah legislators pass bill to help stores sell heavier beers

Sep. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators have passed a measure to make it easier for businesses to prepare to sell higher-strength beer ahead of the Nov. 1 effective date. The bill lawmakers approved during Monday's special session gives retailers a one-week grace period to purchase and store 4% beer before...

Utah lawmakers approve changes to medical cannabis law

Sep. 17, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators approved changes to the state's medical marijuana law, an issue that has faced fierce criticism from people on both sides of the debate. The Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday evening during a special session to send the proposal to...

The Latest: Lawmakers approve changes to medical pot law

Sep. 16, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on action on changes to Utah's medical marijuana law (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Lawmakers have approved changes to Utah's medical marijuana law following a fierce debate from people on both sides of the issues. The Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted...

42 cases of lung damage linked to vaping in Utah

Sep. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say the number of cases of lung damage linked to vaping is up to 42. The state Department of Health announced the new tally Monday, a rise the 35 cases reported a week earlier. It says 14 more potential cases are being investigated. The department says the cases...

Utah Republican Party elects replacement for state lawmaker

Sep. 16, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake County Republican Party has elected a replacement for a Utah state representative who resigned from the Legislature to join the private sector. The Deseret News reported Steve Christiansen is expected to be sworn into the Utah House of Representatives Monday....

Partisan Utah school board elections ruled constitutional

Sep. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that partisan state school board elections are constitutional, overturning a 2017 district court decision. The unanimous Wednesday ruling reinstates a 2016 law allowing people who want to run for the state Board of Education to file as partisan...