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Capitol Daily Memo: tax deductions, exemptions and credits in Utah

Today, the Legislature’s Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee discussed the number and amount of deductions, exemptions and credits in Utah’s tax system (property taxes, income taxes and sales taxes). These policies impact the lives of Utahns and their families in … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: Common Core bills lead to exchange with Secretary of Education

SB 287 passed the Senate yesterday on a 50-23-2 vote and now heads to the governor for his signature. The bill would give Utah the ability to exit any agreement involving the state’s core curriculum for public schools for any … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: Common Core and Utah schools

A bill that would give Utah the ability to exit any agreement regarding its core curriculum for public schools has cleared the House and the Senate. Watch this video report to learn more about SB 287: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiIDYIOLY-I

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Capitol Daily Video: parental rights and the state

Representative LaVar Christensen (R-Draper) is sponsoring a bill that would affirm parental rights and help prevent the state from unnecessarily removing children from their homes. Watch this video report to learn more about HB 161: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXefr-w_e7M

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Capitol Daily Video: abstinence-only education

Rep. Bill Wright’s proposal to limit sex education in public schools to an abstinence-only curriculum passed the Senate today 19-10-0. HB 363 will now go to the governor for his signature. Watch this video report to learn more about the … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: extend Utah’s abortion waiting period?

Representative Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) is sponsoring a bill that would require women to wait 72 hours before having an abortion, whereas now they must wait only 24 hours. Watch this video report to learn more about HB 461: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzCR1ju1bSk HB … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: extend Utah's abortion waiting period?

Representative Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) is sponsoring a bill that would require women to wait 72 hours before having an abortion, whereas now they must wait only 24 hours. Watch this video report to learn more about HB 461: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzCR1ju1bSk HB … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: The facts on SB 208 (Health Care Compact)

The Utah Senate passed SB 208 today, 21-8, and it now moves to the House for consideration. If passed, SB 208 would make Utah a member of the Health Care Compact, an interstate compact that would restore authority and responsibility … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: spending limit bill debated

The Utah Senate recently debated SJR 22, a bill that would limit the growth of state spending. Watch this video report to see clips of the debate and whether your state senator voted for the bill: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIMkT7CnJnw You can also … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: changes to Statewide Online Education Program

Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Draper) is sponsoring a bill that would make improvements to the state’s digital learning program, which has already found success. Watch this video report to learn more about SB 178: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj1GO4Ig92o What do you think? Is the … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: HB 316 – why it pays to reduce divorce

HB 316 passed the House yesterday on a 43-26 vote. The bill reinstates the 90-day divorce waiting period that had been state law until the 1990s, when the state decided to waive the waiting period for couples that took a … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: pay-for-performance for school teachers

Senator Stuart Adams (R-Layton) is sponsoring a bill that would require evaluations for school teachers and phase out pay based on years of experience and education. Watch this video report to learn more about SB 67. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXwk-v1xnP0

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Capitol Daily Video: pay-for-performance for school administrators

Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) is sponsoring a bill aimed at requiring evaluations for teachers and school administrators. It would also tie administrator pay to performance. Watch this video to learn more about SB 64. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDIFai2XGAs

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Capitol Daily Memo: Forcing STDs on children? Really?

The House floor debate on HB 363 last week took an unfortunate turn toward fear-mongering and hyperbole. The bill, run by Representative Bill Wright, R-Holden, would allow school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or completely forego sex ed … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: union dues and payroll

Under current law, an employer is required to deduct an employee’s wages for union dues if directed to do so by the employee. HB 350 would change that provision. Watch this video report to learn more about the bill: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBTiGApOICY … Continue reading

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