2019 legislative session

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Utah beer lovers will soon be able to get beer with as much as 4.0 percent alcohol by weight in the grocery store with the passage of an amended Utah bill -- Senate Bill 132. The bill was one of the last passed during the 2019 legislative session. 

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Bills at the 2019 Utah legislative session addressed hate crimes

One Account And The Effects Of Conversion Therapy

Mar 12, 2019
Justin Utley during conversion therapy.
Justin Utley

Utah bypassed House Bill 399 that would have ended all forms of conversion therapy substituting it with a bill that will only end physical abuse within the controversial therapy. Justin Utley is a singer/songwriter from Utah and also a survivor of conversion therapy. About a year into the therapy with no progress, he became depressed and suicidal. After a pivotal moment in his life, he decided he wouldn’t stop being an advocate for youth going through the same thing.


Amendments drastically alter a bill to ban conversion therapy in Utah, leading to the 

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The House of Representatives gathered at Health and Human Services on Wednesday to discuss Senate Bill 132, which would have raised the alcohol-by-volume limit from 3.2 percent up to 4.8 percent. But when it went through the House of Representatives, it was rejected.

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BYU's police department faces decertification after failing to investigate alleged misconduct by one of its officers. A measure that would prevent cities from banning plastic bags advances at the legislature. And Utah U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams votes against president Trump’s border emergency.

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A Utah hate crimes bill clears another hurdle, but its sponsor says he expects a fight on the senate floor. Lawmakers unveil a proposed ban so-called conversion therapy. And the Sandy City Council opens an investigation into the city's response to contaminated water.  At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, reporter Taylor Stevens, and columnist George Pyle join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories.

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Utah State Senator Daniel Thatcher has been proposing the Victim Targeting Penalty bill for years now.


  A bill to replace voter-approved Medicaid expansion moves forward despite a "no" vote from its House sponsor. After historic changes in San Juan County, freshman Utah Rep. Phil Lyman says it might be time for a portion of the county to split away. And lawmakers endorse deleting language from the Utah constitution allowing slavery as a form of criminal punishment.  At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune government and politics editor Dan Harrie, reporter Bethany Rodgers, and columnist Holly Richardson join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories.

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Two bills that have been of particular interest to the art’s community were introduced in the House and Senate this week.  

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For early-bird constituents in Cache County, Saturday mornings have become an opportunity to meet with their local legislators. At this year’s inaugural meeting on February 2nd, the first question posed to the panel struck at something most of us have either seen or experienced, and that’s distracted driving.

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Monday, on the opening day of the 2019 general session, I joined Republican Senator Lyle Hillyard of Cache Valley in his state capitol office. The senator chairs the public education appropriations subcommittee which is reviewing requests to increase school funding as the state’s population and subsequent school enrollment increases.


On opening day of the 2019 Utah Legislature we’re at the State Capitol. We’ll speak with Utah Governor Gary Herbert; Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers; Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne; House Executive Appropriations Chair Brad Last and House Minority Leader Brian King. We’ll discuss propositions approved by the voters last year on medical marijuana, medicaid expansion, and redistricting. We’ll also talk about air quality, education, the budget, taxes and more.


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A Utah lawmaker introduces a bill to ban abortions after 15 weeks, despite a federal judge striking down a similar measure in Mississippi. The closure of the Salt Lake City homeless shelter gets delayed while construction kinks are worked out for one of three new, smaller, shelters. And celebrities and filmmakers descend on Utah as the 2019 Sundance Film Festival gets underway.    At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Bethany Rodgers, Taylor Stevens and Sean P. Means, and editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories.