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Protestors gather outside the House chambers during a legislative special session at the Utah State...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Utah lawmakers vote to block federal protections for LGBTQ+ students under Title IX

Utah lawmakers convened in a special session on Juneteenth to declare the state's intent not to follow a federal rule providing anti-discrimination protections to transgender youth.
25 days ago
Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden. and Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden in the School Safety Security Task Force m...
Brianna Chavez

School Safety Security Task Force discuss new requirements for schools as part of new bill

The School Safety Security Task Force met on Monday for the first time this year to discuss new school safety requirements implemented in HB84.
27 days ago
Image released as part of a drafted plan to reimagine downtown into an "experience zone." (Smith En...
Lindsay Aerts

SEG downtown plans include new hotel, housing, jumbotron and ‘experience’ plaza

Smith Entertainment Group executive Mike Maughan sat down for an interview with KSL's Lindsay Aerts on Monday to discuss the group's plans for downtown's revitalization.
1 month ago
Four Utah Republicans competing to replace retiring Sen. Mitt Romney in the U.S. Senate squared off...
Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox

KSL Truth Test: Fact-checking claims from Utah GOP candidates fighting to replace Romney

The KSL Investigators put claims from Republican candidates for U.S. Senate through the KSL Truth Test. Here are the facts, context and details you’ll need to get a better picture of the issues.
1 month ago
The outside of the Black Cultural Center at Weber State University in Ogden on Tuesday. It and seve...
Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Weber State University will eliminate cultural centers for Black, Latino and other students to comply with the new Utah law targeting diversity initiatives.
1 month ago
Prosecutors filed felony charges in a Salt Lake City rape case from 2019, but later reduced them to...
Daniella Rivera

Could making this change help Utah improve sexual assault prosecutions?

Only a fraction of sexual assaults reported to police in Utah result in criminal charges for the perpetrator, but a legislative proposal could potentially change that.
3 months ago
Utah legislators, supporters of the new law, and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson at a press conference to...
Daniel Woodruff

New Utah school safety law earns praise from victims’ families, but cost concerns persist

Family members who lost children in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history came to Utah to celebrate a new law aimed at making schools safer.
3 months ago
Lehi homes...
Daniel Woodruff

Governor highlights bills to help Utah homebuyers, but will they make a difference?

Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday highlighted several new bills he just signed into law that are aimed at getting more buyers into the market.
4 months ago
A new law is changing the amount of hunter orange that an individual is required to wear during spe...
Mark Jones

Several wildlife-related bills passed into law during 2024 legislative session

A number of wildlife management-related bills have been signed into law by Gov. Spencer Cox, following the completion of the 2024 Utah Legislature.
4 months ago
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sam Gill...
Daniel Woodruff

Salt Lake Co. DA reacts after governor signs controversial bill targeting his office  

Salt Lake County’s top prosecutor is reacting after the governor signed a controversial bill imposing new rules on his office.
4 months ago
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signing bills and vetoing seven while in his office....
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Gov. Spencer Cox vetoes 7 bills he thinks are unnecessary from recent legislative session

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has vetoed several bills passed by lawmakers, after encouraging lawmakers to pass fewer bills in the future legislative sessions.
4 months ago
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a press conference on the last day of the 2024 legislative sess...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

‘Could have been a phone call’: Spencer Cox thinks Utah lawmakers are passing too many bills

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Thursday that lawmakers have passed too many bills this year. He has signed 503 of the 591 bills passed by the Legislature this year, and has through today to sign or veto any legislation.
4 months ago
Proposed stadiums in salt lake...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Cox signs bills for major league stadiums in Salt Lake City

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has signed two bills to create the framework for MLB and NHL stadiums in Salt Lake City.
4 months ago
Jani Iwamoto talks to KSL TV about the potential changes to Salt Lake City's Japantown. (Greg Ander...
Lindsay Aerts

Japantown advocates push for preservation of downtown street amid NHL stadium plans

A little-known but impactful section of Salt Lake City's downtown is soon to be at the center of a new vision for the city.
4 months ago
FILE: Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, speaks during a press conference for SB117, a bill advocatin...
Daniel Woodruff

Utah state senator to undergo ‘aggressive’ cancer treatment

A Utah state senator is beginning radiation treatments this week to treat a “quite aggressive” form of prostate cancer.
4 months ago
Traffic moves on I-15 in Salt Lake City on May 18, 2023. Utah lawmakers passed several transportati...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Road rage, lane filtering and other notable Utah transportation bills passed in 2024

Utah lawmakers passed several transportation bills during this year's legislative session, including new road rage laws.
4 months ago
FILE - Utah's 2024 legislative session. (KSL TV)...
Shara Park

Opposition groups call for Gov. Cox to veto employee firearm bill for teachers, school staff

Opponents of HB119 are calling for Utah's Gov. Spencer Cox to veto.
4 months ago
The Utah Senate on March 1, 2024....
Lindsay Aerts

Final day of Utah’s 2024 legislative session saw billions in funding and a move to ban pride flags

The final day of Utah’s 2024 Legislature saw over 100 bills passed, involving funding for downtown, social media restrictions for minors, and a $29.4 billion budget.
4 months ago
The seal of the Utah House of Representatives (Istvan Bartos, KSL News)...
Daniel Woodruff

Republicans tout legislative successes while Democrats criticize polarization

The Utah Legislature adjourns Friday night after a 45-day session that was jam-packed with hundreds of bills on various issues.
4 months ago
A rendering of a new Utah Jazz/National Hockey League arena in Salt Lake City that team owner Ryan ...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Utah lawmakers pass bill for new downtown NBA/NHL arena after last-minute changes

Utah lawmakers have approved a bill that paves the way for a new arena in downtown Salt Lake City that could be the home of the Utah Jazz and a potential National Hockey League team.
5 months ago
President Stuart Adams speaks at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The Senate on Thu...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Clergy protections for child abuse reporting approved by Utah Legislature

The Utah Senate on Thursday approved HB432, which provides legal protection to clergy members who voluntarily report ongoing child abuse or neglect from confessions.
5 months ago
The Utah State Hospital sign in Provo, Utah....
Daniel Woodruff

A developer has big plans for the Utah State Hospital property

The latest effort to move the Utah State Hospital for a new development plan has failed this legislative session.
5 months ago
Utah County residents vote in-person during the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3, 2020. (KSL-TV)...
Daniel Woodruff

Utah Senate rejects effort to end ranked choice voting early

Utah’s experiment with ranked choice voting will continue after a bill that would have ended the pilot program two years early failed to pass.
5 months ago
A proposed bill, HB351, would allow teen drivers to have a single friend in the car, which Utah's s...
Daniel Woodruff

New teen drivers still can’t have friends in car after Utah bill fails

Utah Senate Democrats scored a rare legislative victory this week when they defeated a bill loosening the law for new young drivers.
5 months ago

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