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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 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. 

ACLU OF UTAH Lauds Bill Providing Protections For Gay and Transgender Utahns

03 March 2015 Published in Newsroom
A historic piece of legislation was introduced today that will provide long-needed, express protections for gay and transgender Utahns from discrimination in housing and employment.

Poll Results: Most Utahns Favor Dropping Penalties for Drug Possession

18 February 2015 Published in Newsroom
Survey by community-based organizations shows that Utahns see drug use as a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue.

Justice Reinvestment Legislation a Step in the Right Direction

17 February 2015 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah cautiously optimistic about HB384, “Correctional Amendments,” criminal justice reform bill based on CCJJ/Pew recommendations.

Utah is ready for criminal justice reform!

08 February 2015 Published in Newsroom
Utahns from all walks of life will gather at the State Capitol tomorrow, February 10, at noon, to raise their voices in support of “Justice Reinvestment.” 

ACLU Comment on Myriad Genetics Settling Patent Lawsuits

27 January 2015 Published in Newsroom
Myriad Genetics, a Utah based company, which held patent claims on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that have been invalidated at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, has recently announced that has settled several lawsuits against other companies that provided testing for those genes.

ACLU of Utah Applauds LDS Church’s Support of Discrimination Protection for Gay and Transgender Utahns

26 January 2015 Published in Newsroom
We hope this support will lead to the enactment of meaningful, state-level legal protections for gay and transgender people in Utah.

Senate Torture Report Shows Need for Accountability

08 December 2014 Published in Newsroom
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence  released the executive summary and findings of its landmark report on the CIA’s rendition, secret detention, and torture program. 

ACLU of Utah Critical of Utah’s Acting As Plaintiff in Lawsuit

03 December 2014 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is disappointed that the State of Utah is a plaintiff to a lawsuit that seeks the deportation of “Dreamers” and the parents of United States citizens and legal permanent residents.

Civil Rights Groups Celebrate Undoing of Utah Anti-Immigrant Law

24 November 2014 Published in Newsroom
Settlement Reached Following Federal Court Decision to Block Key Provisions in Utah’s HB 497 and Impose Limits on Enforcement of “Show me Your Papers” Provision.

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

20 November 2014 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU supports the President for taking necessary action to restore some fairness to our broken immigration system ...

Utah Families Celebrate Historic Breakthrough on Immigration

20 November 2014 Published in Newsroom
A press conference with a panel of experts and activists will take place on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm on the South steps of the Utah State Capitol.

ACLU of Utah Brings Class Action to Expunge Convictions of Ogden Gang Injunction

27 October 2014 Published in Newsroom
Class action petition filed requesting that all convictions of individuals charged with violating the Ogden gang injunction be vacated.

Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

05 October 2014 Published in Newsroom
We are thrilled with the decision this morning by the United States Supreme Court to deny cert in all seven pending petitions in the marriage cases, including the Utah case Kitchen v. Herbert.

ACLU of Utah and Salt Lake County Settle Lawsuit Regarding Immigration Detention Policies

24 August 2014 Published in Newsroom
Enrique Uroza and Salt Lake County have settled a civil-rights lawsuit against the County and Sheriff Jim Winder. Mr. Uroza alleged that County jail officials had unlawfully detained him to investigate his immigration status in the summer of 2011.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay, Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Not Be Recognized Pending Appeal

17 July 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah.  

Federal Appeals Court Orders Recognition of Valid Marriages of Utah Same-Sex Couples

13 July 2014 Published in Newsroom
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Utah's request to suspend a lower court ruling ordering Utah to recognize the over 1,000 marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah.

Federal Appeals Court Declares Utah Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

24 June 2014 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

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