Latest Utah State Legislature News

Utah Attorney General has COVID, 2nd official in past week

Nov. 22, 2021 11:52 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has tested positive for COVID-19. Reyes is fully vaccinated, but tested positive last week after suffering cold symptoms, his office said in a statement Monday. His family has tested negative. ...

Utah panel OKs rules for transgender kids and girls sports

Nov. 17, 2021 18:13 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers advanced new proposed rules for transgender girls to play on high school sports teams Wednesday. Students would have to complete one year of hormone therapy and change the sex designation on their birth certificate before...

Utah redistricting maps underscore independent-panel hurdles

Nov. 12, 2021 17:45 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New redistricting maps that largely ignore the recommendations of a voter-approved commission in Utah are sparking a backlash and highlighting the challenges that independent panels face an era of deep political divisions and surging gerrymandering. ...

Dixie State University name change passes Utah Legislature

Nov. 10, 2021 20:09 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Southern Utah’s Dixie State University is poised to change a name often associated with the Deep South and slavery after the Utah Legislature approved a new name Wednesday over local backlash. The Republican-controlled Legislature voted to change...

Utah Legislature passes congressional districts over protest

Nov. 10, 2021 17:42 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature approved a new congressional map Wednesday that further carves up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County and largely ignores the work of an independent redistricting commission approved by voters. The map...

Utah House OKs congressional map carving up Salt Lake County

Nov. 09, 2021 19:56 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican-controlled Utah House approved new congressional maps Tuesday that set aside the work of a voter-approved independent redistricting commission in favor of boundaries that further carve up the Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County. The...

GOP lawmakers approve redistricting maps over opposition

Nov. 08, 2021 21:21 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Utah lawmakers gave an early nod of approval Monday to redistricting maps that further carve up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County, despite urging from a crowd of frustrated people to choose districts drawn by a voter-approved independent body. ...

'Dixie' name change vote to come next week at Legislature

Nov. 05, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are set to vote on a name change for southern Utah's Dixie State University next week. A bill to rename it Utah Technical University will be considered in a special session next week where lawmakers will also vote on redistricting,...

Independent panel presents proposed redistricting maps

Nov. 02, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An independent commission tasked with redrawing voting districts has presented its proposed maps to Utah lawmakers, a key step in the once-a-decade process that has big political implications. The Monday hearing comes before a special legislative...

Utah gun permit applications down after requirement dropped

Oct. 23, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Certified firearms instructor Aaron Turner has no one to teach. Earlier this year, his courses covering gun safety, shooting fundamentals, federal and state laws, and suicide prevention for would-be concealed carry permit holders were booked solid,...