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Capitol Daily Video: anti-discrimination bill fails

  A Senate committee voted today to table SB 51, a bill that would have added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in housing and employment law. Watch this video to learn more about it: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6EXJB56sXE

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Capitol Daily Memo: Bravo for vote on legislator benefits

Kudos to the members of the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Standing Committee for applying the same treatment to future legislators that state employees receive. The committee voted 5-1 this afternoon in favor of SB 156, the bill by … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: measure to track poverty trends moves forward

  The effort to give a “hand up, not a hand out” to Utah families stuck in poverty for several consecutive generations took another step forward today as SB 37 passed unanimously out of the House Workforce Services and Community … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: legal advice to immigrants

  SB 144 aims to stop predatory practices by individuals claiming to provide legal advice to immigrants. Watch this video to hear what Senator Luz Robles (D-Salt Lake City), the bill’s sponsor, and Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland’s director of public affairs, … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: education savings accounts bill unveiled

  Representative John Dougall’s innovative education savings accounts bill was made public today. As we have written in previous posts (here), education savings accounts (ESAs) are a game-changing idea that could improve public education in Utah by leaps and bounds. … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: Gov. Herbert announces UCAIR initiative

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced today an educational and partnership effort to encourage Utahns to change their habits voluntarily to reduce air pollution across the state.     Watch this video report to learn more about the governor’s initiative … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: two divorce bills heard

  Two bills that would affect divorce proceedings in Utah were heard in House committees today. The first, HB 290, would require a married person seeking a divorce to take the state’s mandatory divorce orientation course before filing for divorce, … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: transparency in public finances

  SB 137 would increase transparency in public finances beyond what is already required. We interviewed Derek Monson, Sutherland’s director of policy, and Senator Wayne Niederhauser (R-Sandy) to learn more about the bill. Watch the following video to see what they … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: health department gulps at possible loss of federal funds

  Imagine that you’re a third-grader who needs $10 every day for breakfast, lunch and snacks at school, and that you have a generous fifth-grade friend who pays $7 of the cost each day. You “earn” the remaining $3 by … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: changes to student testing

  SB 10, a bill that would require all high school students to take a college admission exam, made it through a House committee yesterday. Watch the following video to learn more about the bill and what Dr. Larry Shumway, … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: Gov. Herbert on private sector job creation

  On Wednesday evening, Governor Gary Herbert delivered his 2012 State of the State address. Watch the report below to find out what part of his speech impressed us most. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-BjQWHC_A0

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Capitol Daily Memo: is cell-phone ban for minors a good idea?

  Senator Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake, believes talking on a cell phone is a dangerous activity for minors. If passed into law, Romero’s SB 128 would make it a driving infraction for a minor under the age of 18 to … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: foster children

  Today’s video update is about HB 241, a bill sponsored by Representative Christine Watkins (D-Price), which would prohibit the Division of Child and Family Services from removing a foster child from a foster parent who is the child’s relative, … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: online testing bill SB 97 advances

  Speaking to the Senate Education Standing Committee today, Senator Aaron Osmond proposed funding the implementation of summative and adaptive online testing for Utah’s K-12 public schools. SB 97, which passed out of committee with a vote of four in … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: intergenerational poverty

  Today’s video update is about SB 37, a bill sponsored by Senator Stuart Reid (R-Davis), which would require the state to track data related to intergenerational poverty. We interviewed Senator Reid and Sutherland policy analyst Matt Piccolo to learn … Continue reading

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