Latest Utah State Legislature News

Lawmaker shares how COVID-19 caught her family ‘off guard’

Jul. 22, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

RIVERTON, Utah (AP) — When Rep. Candice Pierucci and her family sat down to have a small Sunday dinner with a close relative last week, she said they took precautions, including having hand sanitizer at the ready. No one had an inkling of sickness, she said. But the next day, Pierucci, R-Herriman, said she...

Darren Parry wins 1st District Democratic nomination in Utah

Jul. 9, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Shoshone Nation tribal chairman Darren Parry has won the Democratic nomination for Utah’s 1st Congressional district, vying for a spot to replace retiring Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, who served nine terms. Parry's opponent Jamie Cheek conceded Wednesday after trailing by...

Native American groups urge change for Utah school team

Jul. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — A Native American group asked a Utah school district to stop using the name “Braves” for a high school team. James Courage Singer of the Utah League of Native American Voters urged the Davis School District to stop using the name and mascot at Bountiful High School in...

FILE - Utah Speaker of the House Brad Wilson speaks on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives, on Jan. 28, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Companies owned by three Republican Utah legislators have received up to $2.7 million as part of the $600 billion-plus federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Treasury Department data. The data released Monday, July 6, 2020, shows companies owned by House Speaker Wilson, Sen. Jerry Stevenson and Rep. Mike Schultz received loans. There is no evidence that these lawmakers or their businesses received special treatment. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Companies owned by Utah lawmakers receive loans, data shows

Jul. 7, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Companies owned by three Republican Utah legislators have received up to $2.7 million as part of the $600 billion-plus federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Treasury Department data. The data released Monday shows...

Longest-serving member of Utah Legislature concedes primary

Jul. 1, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The longest-serving member of the Utah Legislature has been ousted, months after sponsoring a controversial tax-overhaul bill. Republican Sen. Lyle Hillyard of Logan conceded the race to the Deseret News on Wednesday. He had held the seat for nearly 40 years. Republican businessman...

Late comer to Utah race for House seat leads fundraising

Jun. 23, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah candidate who was a late entry to the race for a U.S. House of Representatives seat has passed his competitors in campaign fundraising. Blake Moore had generated $357,639 in fundraising for his campaign bid as of June 10, The Standard-Examiner reported Monday. Moore, who did not...

Huntsman cleared to campaign again after virus isolation

Jun. 23, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has been authorized to resume campaigning for governor after remaining in quarantine because of a coronavirus diagnosis. The Salt Lake County Health Department cleared the Republican to resume campaign work while seeking his party's nomination, The...

House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, looks on during the Utah Legislature's special session Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the Utah state Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers have voted during a special session to ban knee-to-neck chokeholds similar to the one used in the death of George Floyd. The measure approved Thursday, June 18, 2020, stops short of criminalizing the use of all chokehold methods. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmakers approve budget, increase school spending

Jun. 19, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers unanimously approved a budget proposal that would plug an estimated $850 million state revenue shortfall following the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Senate passed two bills during a special session Thursday that would impose less than 2% cuts across state government...

FILE - In this June 6, 2020, file photo, a protester lies down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a protest at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers have taken a first step toward banning police officers from placing their knees on the necks of people being detained in the type of chokehold used by a Minnesota police officer in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Latest: Oregon deputies accused of pinning child by neck

Jun. 18, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Lawsuit: Oregon boy, 12, pinned to ground by deputies with knee to his neck. — Denver officer won't be prosecuted in fatal shooting of black man. — Utah lawmakers vote to ban knee-to-neck chokeholds by police. — University of Florida ending “gator bait”...

The rotunda is empty at the State Capitol during the Utah Legislature's special session Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Some legislators returned to the Capitol for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to convene for another special session to deal with numerous issues the outbreak has created. While some lawmakers chose to participate virtually via web camera, dozens of others attended in person, most wearing masks. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah passes bill banning use of knee-to-neck chokeholds

Jun. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers voted to ban knee-to-neck chokeholds similar to the one used in the death of George Floyd during a special session Thursday, though the measure stops short of criminalizing the use of all chokehold methods. Several police departments have banned the use of chokeholds...