Local Headlines 3-8-18

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert orders executive branch staff to stop lobbying on Capitol Hill after lawmakers debate a ban

Utah lawmakers agree to give state Board of Education some say in approving new charter schools

Video of Salt Lake City school founder removed by local TEDx group after allegations of financial impropriety surface

Tax hike compromise to replace Our Schools Now easily clears first hurdle on Utah’s Capitol Hill

Plans to remake — if not abolish — the Utah Board of Education see heavy lobbying on Capitol Hill, with strange alliances on many sides

Utah lawmakers want Starvation State Park renamed in honor of late agency director and ‘dear friend’ Fred Hayes

Outside the public eye, feds poised to grant millions of dollars in tax royalty relief to struggling Utah coal mines

To ‘help forge our path of healing forward’ after Bears Ears, Utah tribal leaders are asking for a place on the governor’s cabinet

EnergySolutions will get its $1.7 million fee break if the governor signs off

Bill restricting noncompete contracts for TV journalists is one House vote away from the governor’s desk

House votes to erase state’s new election law if voters reject Count My Vote initiative this fall

Utah Transit Authority’s vice chairwoman fears lawmakers could jeopardize the transit agency’s immunity deal with federal prosecutors

Despite a veto threat, lawmakers approve bill allowing the Legislature to defend state laws in court

Proposed President Trump highway turns into a dead end as Utah Rep. Mike Noel drops bill, says personal attacks wore him down

Transit taxes may be equalized — and raised — among counties

’Rosie’s Bill’ to create central cold-case database on its way to Utah governor

Gehrke: The Utah Legislature takes its share of lumps, but there are some good things to come from the session

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: The risks of increasing school funding in Utah

Editorial: Utah voters need some answers before voting to increase school funding

Bill creates scholarships for Utah technical college students in high-demand programs

Bill making drug-induced homicide a first-degree felony fails in Utah Senate

Utah Legislature gives heartfelt tribute to late parks director Fred Hayes

Utah Senate supports bill defining ‘adequate shelter’ for animals

Utah teen faces potential weapon of mass destruction charge

Shelter funding plan stripped of fee on cities lacking affordable housing

Utah lawmakers moving bill giving selves power to intervene in court cases

Deal between Our Schools Now, Utah lawmakers moves forward

State lawmaker dropping proposal to rename southern Utah roads after Trump

Downtown Salt Lake shelter still on track to close; overflow ‘worst case scenario’ and unlikely, state officials say

Opioid abuse education, rural busing needs among education issues addressed by Utah lawmakers

Senate passes cannabis bills giving dying patients access and instructing state to grow it

Committee likely to prevent Senate hearing on bill barring Down syndrome abortions, sponsor says

Utah in line to get more tobacco settlement money

‘It’s that bad:’ Salt Lake officials decry rushed OK of altered inland port bill

Utah House passes bill to repeal controversial election law

Bill overhauling UTA now includes local option sales tax increase for transit

Bill restricting noncompete contracts in Utah broadcast media heads to governor

Vigil honors those slain in domestic violence as lawmakers debate

Other

Local religious leaders weigh in on governor’s request to pray for snow (Logan Herald Journal)