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April 2019

At county convention, Lt. Gov. Cox says Utah could lose Republican majority if conservatism isn’t better explained to younger voters
St. George News
(4/27/19) 

Ogden camera network credited for cutting crime by 20%
KSL
(4/26/19) 

Iowa's New Law Criminalizing Undercover Investigations of Farms Faces Legal Challenges
Pacific Standard
(4/23/19) 

Utah Warrant Bill Raises Stakes For Cops' Digital Data Grabs
Law360
(4/23/19) 

Lehi city vs. Lehi moms: A 'muddy area' of the first amendment
Carley Porter Daily Herald
(4/21/19) 

‘Trib Talk’: Planned Parenthood of Utah fights a state abortion ban and a federal gag order
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/18/19) 

Priced Out
City Weekly
(4/17/19) 

Bearing Witness
City Weekly
(4/17/19) 

Analysis: Is abortion a potent political issue in Utah?
Utah Policy
(4/17/19) 

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole
Forbes
(4/16/19) 

Utah’s first-of-its kind data privacy law
KCPW
(4/11/19) 

Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown - Thursday, April 11, 2019
KNRS
(4/11/19) 

A Utah police department is thinking about getting rid of its body cameras. Residents — including the families of people shot by officers — are rallying against the idea.
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/10/19) 

Tribune Editorial: Chalk drawings are not ‘criminal mischief
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/8/19) 

Criminal mischief? Lehi police crack down on chalk art protest by children, moms concerned over gravel mine
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/4/19) 

LDS Church reverses policy regarding children of LGBT parents, designation of LGBT marriage as apostasy
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/4/19) 

Crime is down in and around The Gateway mall in Salt Lake City — and officials are celebrating
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/2/19)

Salt Lake mall's owners report 'dramatic' crime drop, urge Utahns to come back
Deseret News
(4/2/19)

Recent ruling could impact way state polices Rio Grande
ABC4
(4/2/19)

March 2019

Society and the State: Life, Liberty, and Your Pursuit of Happiness
Society and the State
(3/30/19) 

Utah DACA recipient speaks out about obstacles to dream job
KUTV
(3/30/19) 

Guest opinion: Utah makes a surprising leader for electronic privacy
Deseret News
(3/29/19) 

Utah faces an expensive legal battle over abortion ban, again
KUTV
(3/28/19) 

ABORTIONS PAST 18 WEEKS ARE NOW BANNED IN UTAH
World Religion News
(3/28/19) 

Two DREAMers Petition Utah Supreme Court To Practice Law
KUER
(3/27/19) 

Should undocumented immigrants be allowed to practice law in Utah? The ACLU and others say yes
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/27/19) 

The Good Samaritan Foundation: Help for Refugees in Utah
The Borgen Project
(3/27/19) 

Police officers in Salt Lake City schools will be trained to arrest students less often
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/26/19) 

Salt Lake schools, city sign contract clarifying roles of school resource officers on campuses
Deseret News
(3/26/19) 

Opponents moving forward with efforts to block 18-week abortion ban
ABC4
(3/26/19) 

Herbert Vetoes Special Election Bill, Signs 18-Week Abortion Ban, Tobacco Age Bump, Plus 100 More
KUER
(3/26/19) 

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown
Associated Press
(3/26/19) 

Governor signs 18-week abortion bill into law; opponents vow lawsuit
KUTV
(3/25/19) 

Utah’s governor signs bill banning abortions after 18 weeks
FOX13
(3/25/19) 

Settlement talks under way in lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett Co. Jail
FOX13
(3/25/19) 

Herbert weighs signing strict abortion ban, says ACLU lawsuit not a factor
Associated Press
(3/15/19) 

This Is the End, My Friend
City Weekly
(3/15/19) 

Abortion Restrictions, Stronger Beer and Smoking Bills Pass
US News
(3/15/19) 

Want to Know How Your Local Jail Operates? Sorry, That May Be a Trade Secret.
Mother Jones
(3/19) 

Utah legislators back a plan to drop jail sentences for some crimes by one day to help immigrants avoid deportation
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/19) 

Utah lawmakers tee up a court fight with passage of an 18-week abortion ban
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/19)

'It will cost the state millions': Lawsuit awaits Utah Legislature's 18-week abortion ban
KUTV
(3/13/19)

Bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks passes Utah Legislature
FOX13
(3/13/19)

Bill banning abortions after 18 weeks passing Utah Legislature
Deseret News
(3/13/19)

Arkansas, Utah lawmakers pass 18-week abortion bans
Associated Press
(3/13/19)

Utah legislature passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks
ABC4
(3/13/19)

States Weigh Bans on Shackling Jailed Moms During Childbirth
US News
(3/13/19)

Electronic privacy bill clears crucial vote in the Senate
ABC4
(3/12/19)

ACLU of Utah talks top legislative priorities
ABC4
(3/10/19)

Legal Panelists Focus on Free Speech Rights at Bennion Service House Dialogue
Daily Chronicle
(3/7/19)

Scott D. Pierce: FOX 13 is No. 1. So is KUTV. It all depends on what you’re counting.
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/6/19)

Concerned about deaths, Utah Legislature ties jail funding to counties' disclosure of their policies
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/2/19)

Tougher penalties for drug dealing near shelters clears Utah House, but with concerns
Deseret News
(3/2/19)

February 2019 

Utah House Passes Bill to Hinder Federal Surveillance, Warrantless Access to Cloud Data
The Libertarian Republic
(2/28/19)

Utah House passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks
FOX13
(2/26/19)

Bill to prevent abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis headed to the Utah Senate
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/22/19)

SB103: Utah hate crimes bill passes committee unanimously
BYU Daily Universe
(2/21/19)

House Judiciary Committee Moves 18-Week Abortion Ban Ahead
KUER
(2/20/19)

Bill banning abortion in Utah after 18 weeks advances in the legislature
FOX13
(2/20/19)

Utah House committee OKs bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks
Deseret News
(2/20/19)

Abortion bill advances at State Capitol
ABC4
(2/20/19)

Utah Senate passes bill tightening state rules governing property seizures by police
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/19/19)

Utah hate-crimes law to get hearing after years of gridlock
Cache Valley Daily
(2/19/19)

Republican Utah lawmakers abandon dueling bills on changing the gender on a person’s government documents
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/14/19)

Citizen Revolt: Feb. 14
City Weekly
(2/13/19)

Lawmaker who wants to ban change of gender on birth certificate amends his bill to allow change on driver license
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/19)

Proposal to ban warrantless digital searches wins committee approval
Deseret News
(2/12/19)

Gehrke: All of us may end up paying for San Juan County’s litigious streak
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/11/19)

Utah police feel 'slapped down' as civil asset forfeiture bill advances
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/7/19)

Bill intended to clarify what Utah health educators can teach about contraception stalls in committee
Deseret News
(2/7/19)

Sponsor of bill on Down syndrome abortion ban says this year’s version sidesteps constitutional issues
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/6/19)

Rollin Cook, Lamont’s choice for prison chief, faces confirmation hearing Thursday
Hartford Courant
(2/6/19)

Tech set to get a boost in '19 legislative session but USTAR could go down in flames
Deseret News
(2/3/19)

Two young adults infiltrated an immigration detention center in Florida. This Sundance film shows what they found
Deseret News
(2/3/19)

Overhaul of Utah's public defender system ‘a huge benefit’ for Juab County
Deseret News
(2/2/19)

Utah Legislature seeks input on whether to promote digital and data privacy
KSL
(2/1/19)

January 2019

A Utah lawmaker is pushing a digital privacy bill that would bar warrantless searches of data uploaded to apps or cloud platforms
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/31/18)

Utah lawmaker driving licenses from wallets to cellphones
Deseret News
(1/31/18)

Utah Lawmakers Target Trans People With Birth Certificate Bill
Out
(1/29/18)

Utah lawmaker wants to erase transgender identities from birth certificate records
Think Progress
(1/28/18)

Is gender fact or choice? Controversial bill would prohibit gender changes on Utah birth certificates
St. George News
(1/25/18)

Gehrke: That birth certificate bill? It’s a punitive swipe at Utah’s transgender community and it must be rejected.
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/24/18)

‘A person’s sex is no more subject to change than a person’s age’: Utah lawmaker defends bill to block changes to birth certificates
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/23/18)

Radioactive: January 16, 2019
KRCL
(1/16/18)

Federal judge rules ACLU lawsuit over Daggett County Jail prisoner abuse can continue against state defendant
Southern Utah Independent
(1/15/18)

Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett County Jail
FOX13
(1/11/18)

Mandatory death sentence for cop killers? Officials say no
ABC4
(1/9/18)

Police show evidence of progress in Rio Grande, but criticism persists
KUTV
(1/7/18)

"Operation Rio Grande" arrests announced: ACLU looks behind numbers for the real story
ABC4
(1/7/18)

Utah’s state constitution bans slavery — mostly. And Rep. Sandra Hollins says mostly isn’t good enough.
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/6/18)

Incoming San Juan County commissioner’s Utah residency questioned again in lawsuit filed by unsuccessful Republican opponent
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/4/18)

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ACLU of Utah Responds to Audit of Parole Board, “We Have Been Receiving Complaints for Years”

01 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor General released a troubling audit of the Board of Pardons and Parole confirming the complaints of many inmates and family members.

ACLU of Utah Executive Director to Retire in 2016

09 January 2016 Published in Newsroom
Karen McCreary has dramatically grown and strengthened the high- profile organization over her nearly decade-long tenure.

Case Against West Valley Over “Gang Sweep” at West High School Ends

07 December 2015 Published in Newsroom
The federal court today entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a case brought by three former West High School students over a 2010 school-based “gang sweep” that prompted a class action lawsuit by the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

ACLU of Utah’s Statement on Judge’s Order

12 November 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is closely monitoring the developing legal situation concerning a judge’s order that removes a 1-year-old child from the stable home where she has been living in the care of a married same-sex couple.

ACLU of Utah Responds Report Documenting Utah’s Unconstitutional Public Defense System

26 October 2015 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Judicial Council Study Committee released a report highlighting widespread deficiencies in Utah’s system to provide legal counsel for people who can’t afford a private attorney.

Suit Filed Challenging Farmington's "Free Speech" Ordinance

08 September 2015 Published in Newsroom
The suit alleges that on its face, the ordinance violates the Utah and U.S. Constitutions because it requires a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposes criminal penalties for failing to comply.

ACLU of Utah Launches YES ON SIX Campaign, “Legislative and Policy Solutions Need to Happen NOW”

28 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Yesterday the ACLU of Utah launched “YES ON SIX,” an education and advocacy campaign to push for significant improvements to Utah’s failing county-by-country public defense system.

ACLU of Utah Calls for Action on Utah’s Failing Indigent Defense System

26 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah will launch its “YES ON SIX” campaign this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 a.m.  In 2011, the ACLU documented the inadequacies of Utah’s indigent system in a report called “Failing Gideon."

US Dept of Education to Investigate SLC School District for Discrimination Against Minority Students

19 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights will investigate multiple allegations of racial discrimination against students of color in the Salt Lake City School District.

People Not Prisons: With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way

12 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”

Hunger Strikers at Utah State Prison Have ACLU of Utah's Support

02 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Prisoners at Utah State Prison in Draper have launched a hunger strike against restrictive housing conditions that keep them in their cells for 47 out of 48 hours.

Utah Federal Court Rules Same-Sex Mothers’ Parentage Rights Must Be Recognized

15 July 2015 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah federal court ruled Wednesday that the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics must recognize a same-sex married couple as legal parents of their child. The case was argued before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson whose ruling holds that the state must apply Utah’s assisted reproduction parentage statute equally to same and different-sex spouses. “The court's decision makes clear that Utah must provide the same benefits, protections, and obligations to married same-sex couples that it provides to every other married couple,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project. “Utah's assisted conception statutes were passed to ensure that children have the protection of two legal parents from the moment they are born. The state could not identify any reason at all to explain why it should be able to deny that same protection to Angie and Kami's family.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah brought Roe v. Patton on behalf of plaintiffs Angie and Kami Roe, arguing that the Office’s refusal to recognize female spouses as parents violates their right to equal protection. “We are overjoyed by…

ACLU of Utah Celebrates Historic Supreme Court Ruling On Right Of Same-Sex Couples To Marry

25 June 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah joins millions of colleagues, allies and loved ones all over the country today in celebrating a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion and above all, love!

Utah Court Vacates Petitioner’s Convictions for Violating Ogden Gang Injunction

10 June 2015 Published in Newsroom
Late last week, the Second District Court of Utah filed an order vacating two misdemeanor convictions against Leland McCubbin for violating the so-called Ogden Gang Injunction.

People Not Prisons: Utahns Need to Speak Up For Our Neighbors Behind Bars

18 May 2015 Published in Newsroom
A loose coalition of advocacy groups working on behalf of the mentally ill, people recovering from substance use disorders, and individuals trapped in Utah’s criminal justice system, will host a press conference on Thursday, May 21.

VICTORY! Appeals Court Strikes Down NSA Phone Spying Program in ACLU lawsuit

06 May 2015 Published in Newsroom
In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA’s phone-records surveillance program is unlawful.

Court to Hear Objections to Order Vacating Convictions for Violating Ogden Gang Injunction

21 April 2015 Published in Newsroom
Utah’s Second District Court will hear Weber County and Ogden City’s objections to a proposed order vacating two misdemeanor convictions against Leland McCubbin.

ACLU Brings State to Court Over Recognition of Same-Sex Mothers’ Parentage Rights

12 April 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah and the national ACLU LGBT Project filed a lawsuit today to force the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics to recognize a married same-sex couple as legal parents of their child.

ACLU of Utah and Equality Utah Celebrate SB 296; Reject the Harmful Provisions of HB 322

11 March 2015 Published in Newsroom
Religion does not give us the right to discriminate.  Utah must reject HB 322 because it runs counter to SB 296, and because it sanctions discrimination in the name of religion.

The ACLU of Utah Strongly Opposes SB 297

05 March 2015 Published in Newsroom
This Bill Would Allow Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Utahns. 

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