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FCC’s Open Internet rules; death to the Internet? Utah congressmen react 

ST. GEORGE – The Federal Communications Commission’s “Open Internet Order: New Rules to Protect an Open Internet” announced Thursday, aims, the FCC says, to protect free expression and innovation by giving the agency authority to address questionable practices; but the FCC’s action was met with criticism on the part of Utah congressmen who protest the rules as regulatory overreach, unnecessary, […]

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House leaders halt Healthy Utah; Gov. Herbert responds 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Healthy Utah Plan proposed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert may be on its way to getting tossed out of the 2015 Legislative Session, even though the bill passed the Senate the same day. In a majority vote Wednesday, Utah senators voted to pass an amended version of Herbert’s alternative to […]

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Former senator announces cancer diagnosis; officials respond 

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Sen. Bob Bennett announced Wednesday that he is battling pancreatic cancer. Bennett, 81, posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that there have been inquiries concerning his health, leading him to confirm that he has cancer. He added there’s not a firm prognosis at this stage. “The doctors are hopeful that a combination of […]

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Council lowers impact fees, denies zone change in Washington Fields 

WASHINGTON CITY – City officials approved reduced impact fees related to its parks and recreation master plan and denied a request to turn a small parcel of land into commercial property along Washington Fields Road, at Thursday’s City Council meeting. The City Council also expressed its general favor of an opt-out plan related to a proposed countywide […]

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Washington County Democrats hold convention 

ST. GEORGE — The Washington County Democratic Party Convention is scheduled for March 21 where Democrats will have the opportunity to elect delegates to represent them at the 2016 State Convention. The Washington County Democratic Party is also seeking interested candidates to run for the four positions on the executive committee: chair, vice-chair, treasurer and secretary. […]

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Vickers on state school board elections, Medicaid expansion 

CEDAR CITY – Following the wrap up of the third week of the 2015 Utah Legislative session, Sen. Evan Vickers provided his thoughts on pending issues regarding state school board elections and Medicaid expansion. On school board elections “In September, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that the process of how Utah chooses state school […]

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Firing squad bill passes the Utah House 

SALT LAKE CITY – Legislation regarding execution by firing squad narrowly passed the Utah House of Representatives Friday after the bill’s author used a legislative rule that worked in his favor. The Utah House passed House Bill 11, Friday, in a 39-34 vote, with 2 not voting, after it nearly stalled due to a tie […]

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More than 400 attend Lincoln Day Breakfast; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE – More than 400 people crowded into the Dixie State University Gardner Center in St. George Saturday to attend the Washington County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Breakfast. The atmosphere was festive as attendees enjoyed a Valentine’s Day catered breakfast, uplifting music and continuous reports of good news from various government representatives. Gov. Gary Herbert “The state of […]

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Lee, Durbin bring Smarter Sentencing Act; at what cost are mandatory sentences? 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, were joined by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, in announcing legislation to modernize federal drug sentencing polices by giving federal judges more discretion in sentencing those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. With federal prison populations skyrocketing and […]

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Legislation introduced in Senate to streamline drug development, patient access 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Orrin Hatch and Sheldon Whitehouse recently introduced two bills to streamline the drug development process and protect patient access to needed medications. The bills are titled the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act and the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation streamlines and increases transparency […]

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Hatch headlines Lincoln Lab’s Reboot Congress discussion 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, headlined the Lincoln Labs’ Reboot Congress Thursday, addressing tech priorities including patent reform, data privacy, high-skilled immigration reform, and Internet Governance. A few excerpts are below: On Crafting Effective Patent Reform Legislation We must not support a bill that fails to provide an effective […]

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Stewart: ‘ISIL is the epitome of evil’ 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and a former Air Force B-1 bomber pilot, released the following statement after the White House sent Congress a war powers authorization request to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: If you believe, as I do, that ISIL is the […]

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Child pornography act clears Senate 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Orrin Hatch and Chuck Schumer cheered Thursday’s Senate passage of the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act. “I’m grateful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their help in shepherding through this important bill,” Hatch said. “Through this legislation, we are telling future offenders that they will pay […]

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Comcast merger sparks response from Hatch 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust William J. Baer, outlining his views on the competition considerations that should inform consideration of the Comcast and Time […]

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Charter school zoning, wild horses, wildfire suppression among items on Vickers’ agenda this session 

CEDAR CITY – As this year’s legislative session unfolds, lawmakers are considering legislation and proposing their own along the way. Among them is Republican Sen. Evan Vickers who represents Beaver and Iron counties and the Eastern part of Washington County. Now serving his sixth year in the in the Legislature, Vickers offers thoughts on current issues facing […]

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