Latest Utah State Legislature 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...

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...

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....

County commissioner weighing run for Bishop's US House seat

Sep. 9, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Box Elder County commissioner is considering a run to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop. The Standard-Examiner reports that Stan Summers says a number of people are asking him to run for the seat. He is a Republican from the small northern Utah community of Bothwell now serving in...

Utah Legislature: Tax reform not included in special session

Sep. 7, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called lawmakers into a special session on Sept. 16 on medical marijuana and other issues, but tax reform is not on the agenda. The Deseret News reported Friday that income taxes in Utah must be used for education, but they are outgrowing the sales taxes...

Utah audit shows millions to go to proposed pipeline costs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Washington County is expected to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to build and operate a proposed water pipeline, according to a Utah legislative audit. The audit found it will require a large fee, rate and tax increases for a southern Utah county to pay for a proposed pipeline...

Utah moves to scrap state-run pot dispensary system

Aug. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators were moving Thursday to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system after county attorneys said it would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Under the revised plan being written by Republican Senate Majority...