Latest Utah State Legislature News

Plan to let schools destroy seized e-cigarettes approved

Nov. 20, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Amid increasing concern about vaping, a panel of Utah lawmakers on Wednesday approved a proposal to allow schools to destroy confiscated e-cigarette devices. Schools are seizing an increasing number of the devices as more students are caught vaping on campus, But the law about what...

Audit: Utah oil, gas division lacks environmental oversight

Nov. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s oil and gas division has not carried out state-mandated oversight allowing more than 100 noncompliance cases to go unresolved and is not forcing cleanup of environmental contamination at waste disposal sites, a legislative audit found. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and...

Utah lawmaker sues US for $10M over trespassing conviction

Nov. 13, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former San Juan County commissioner has sued a federal land agency after he spent 10 days in jail for trespassing during an illegal all-terrain vehicle protest ride in a closed southern Utah canyon five years ago. Acting as his own attorney, Rep. Phil Lyman filed the lawsuit in U.S....

Pollution-fighting councilwoman wins Salt Lake mayor race

Nov. 6, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City councilwoman who rose to prominence fighting pollution clinched a win in the mayoral race Wednesday with the concession of her opponent, a state lawmaker who was aiming to be the Utah capital's first Latina mayor. Democratic Sen. Luz Escamilla conceded the race in a...

2 candidates get endorsements for state monument designation

Nov. 3, 2019 10:54 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert's office has endorsed the first two designations for new state monument candidates, but they will need approval by Utah lawmakers. The Deseret News reports Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area near the Nevada border and Old Iron Town in Iron County received unanimous...

Racial disparities in Utah prisons need study, lawmaker says

Nov. 3, 2019 10:51 AM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A proposal to study how implicit racial biases may play into the disproportionate number of minorities in the Utah prison system is in the works for the 2020 legislative session. Republican state Rep. Marsha Judkins of Provo told the Standard-Examiner she is working on a prosecution...

Person found dead following Salt Lake City house fire

Nov. 2, 2019 12:05 PM EDT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say one person was found dead after a fire that started in a home's basement and destroyed the residence Saturday. Cause of the fire is under investigation and no additional information was released.

Medical pot users face barriers in Utah after legalization

Oct. 25, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Utah prepares to launch its medical marijuana program next year, residents who want to use the drug in the meantime are encountering skeptical doctors and the quandary of where to get the plant. A law passed by the Utah Legislature in December 2018 allows residents to use medical...

Bill aimed at enforcing age limits at vape shops advances

Oct. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers could swiftly lose their permits if they sell to underage customers under a draft bill that's getting an early nod of approval from Utah lawmakers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Karianne...

Inmate flees drug treatment program in Salt Lake City

Oct. 15, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah County Jail inmate enrolled in a residential drug treatment program has gone missing in Salt Lake City. The Daily Herald in Provo reported Monday that 26-year-old Ryan Thomas Miller, of Orem, was last seen at the Odyssey House of Utah. Authorities say the Utah...