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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Benjamin:

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, ousted by scandal, wants his old post back

John Swallow — the one-time Utah attorney general, driven from office by one of the state’s largest political scandals before being acquitted at trial — appears to be headed for a run to reclaim his former seat. → Read More

Familiar faces join the 2020 race for the Utah Legislature

A former congressional candidate and the current vice chairman of the Utah Republican Party are among the candidates who have filed to run for seats in the state Legislature this year. → Read More

Utah lawmaker who led abortion walkout won’t seek reelection

Sen. Deidre Henderson, one of two Republican women in the Utah Senate, withdrew as a candidate for reelection on Wednesday. → Read More

Every woman in the Utah Senate walked out in protest of a mandatory ultrasound bill

Utah’s six female senators — Republican and Democratic — left the chamber in protest Tuesday, refusing to vote on a bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound and be presented with video and audio of their developing fetus before terminating a pregnancy. → Read More

Utah PTA joins in support of big schools funding change

The Utah Parent Teacher Association on Monday announced its support for a major shift in the way public schools are funded in the state, adding its voice to a growing number of education-focused interest groups endorsing the proposal in the final days of the 2020 legislative session. → Read More

Utah House passes ‘monumental solution’ for education funding

A new model for funding public education in Utah earned the approval of the House on Friday, with lawmakers saying it would provide stability to schools while addressing lopsided tax revenue streams that have frustrated the budgeting process for years. → Read More

Utah budget plan would “keep the lights on” but not much more

A roughly $20 billion state budget plan expected to be released Friday will “keep the lights on” and take care of Utah’s most pressing needs but may do little beyond that, one of its primary architects says. → Read More

Utah House votes to require ultrasounds before abortions

A bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and hear the sound of their fetus’ heartbeat prior to an abortion earned the approval of the Utah House on Thursday. → Read More

Plan to loosen Utah’s education funding earmark emerges

A pair of bills that would significantly change the way Utah funds public education are scheduled to be debated by lawmakers on Thursday. → Read More

Utah fetal remains burial bill now squarely targets abortion

A fetus aborted early in a pregnancy would have to be buried or cremated, while a miscarriage occurring weeks later could be discarded as medical waste under the latest version of a bill that earned the approval of the Utah House on Wednesday. → Read More

Effort to update the Utah state flag falls short

The Utah state flag can continue to wave proudly without threat of obsolescence after a legislative committee on Tuesday failed to advance legislation to consider new designs. → Read More

Showdown brewing over Utah’s school grading law

On Tuesday morning, shortly after watching a panel of Utah senators gut her legislation on school grading, Rep. Marie Poulson stood on the House floor and read a quote from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” to her intern. → Read More

Utah lawmaker abandons push to elect judges

A Republican lawmaker is setting aside his proposed legislation to amend the state Constitution and elect, rather than appoint, Utah judges. → Read More

Utah Senate rejects anti-masturbation amendment to proposed abortion ban

Members of the Utah Senate voted overwhelmingly, and along party lines, in favor of legislation that would ban elective abortions in the state in the event that Supreme Court precedent on the subject is overturned. → Read More

Utah Senate panel approves new taxes, restriction on vaping

Electronic cigarette customers would pay a 56% tax on vaping products, with distributors facing a suite of new restrictions, under a bill that earned the unanimous endorsement of the Senate Health and Human Services committee on Wednesday. → Read More

Senate panel approves elective abortion ban in party-line vote

A ban on all elective abortions — with exceptions for rape, incest and the health of a mother — earned the approval of a Senate committee on Thursday in a party-line vote. → Read More

Utah lawmakers approve 30-day window for giving up newborn children

Utah parents could legally abandon their newborn children at a hospital up to 30 days after the child’s birth under a bill that has received unanimous votes from both chambers of the state Legislature. → Read More

Utah House committee tees up final vote on permanent daylight saving bill

Utah lawmakers are one vote away from placing The Beehive State on year-round daylight saving time — if Congress allows such a move and neighboring states follow suit. → Read More

Utah House kills bill to end civics test graduation requirement

Utah high schoolers will have to keep passing a stand-alone civics test before graduating after a bill attempting to repeal that requirement failed in the Utah House on Friday. → Read More

Utah House votes to require warning labels on porn

The distributors of obscene material would be required to include warnings on their products or face lawsuits and fines under a bill that earned overwhelming support from the Utah House on Tuesday. → Read More