Utah legislators consider resolution to protect students’ First Amendment rights

ST. GEORGE —  Inspired by a First Amendment lawsuit against Dixie State University in 2015, a couple of Utah legislators are aiming to better protect students’ rights. A  bipartisan resolution proposed  in the 2018 legislative session looks to encourage state institutions of higher education to protect students’ civil liberties. After being introduced in the Senate Monday, the proposed Concurrent Resolution on the Importance of Civil Liberties for Students was favorably recommended by the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. Read more

Rep Potter addresses big influx of college students

A presentation was made on Utah’s Capitol Hill on Thursday as Representative Val Potter from Cache Valley gave information to his colleagues on higher education - zeroing in on enrollment, graduation rates and current and future needs. Potter took a few minutes from his busy schedule to be on KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday. Read more

Update on HB156

The Fiscal Note on HB 156 (Parental leave bill) was released.  Analysts predict a cost of $8000 dollars for state systems to enact the change, but are also claiming that if 1,256 employee took advantage of the leave time, it would result in a cost of $12.6 million.  The estimate does not take into account the recruitment or retention effects the bill creates, however.

UPEA post their 2018 Legislative Priorities

The Utah Public Employee's Association recently posted the organization's legislative priorities for the 2018 session -- the document can be viewed here: UPEA Priorities

Meet your 22 2018 legislators representing Utah County

The Daily Herald profiles the legislative representation from Utah County -- story can be found here:

HB 156 update

HB 156 update The status for HB0156 - Family Leave Amendments (Weight, E.) has changed.  Last Action: House/ 1st reading (Introduced)  Last Location: House Rules Committee  Recent changes: House/ 1st reading (Introduced)