Utah Senate Salt Lake Senate Hopefuls Derek Kitchen, Jennifer Plumb Face A Competitive Primary By Julia Ritchey • Jun 8, 2018 Listen Listening... / 4:34 State Sen. Jim Dabakis announced his exit from the Legislature earlier this year in a video that captured the Salt Lake Democrat’s trademark theatrics. Utah’s Longest-Serving Female Lawmaker To Step Down By Nicole Nixon • Mar 29, 2018 Julia Ritchey / KUER Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton is resigning from the Legislature. Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser Announces Retirement By Julia Ritchey • Mar 14, 2018 Austen Diamond / KUER Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has announced his retirement from state government, joining a mass exodus of longtime lawmakers from the Utah Legislature. The 'King of Hugs' In Utah’s Capitol Passes Away By Judy Fahys • Jan 5, 2018 Utah Senate Listen Listening... / 1:32 Matt Hillyard was someone you’ve probably never met — unless you spent time at the Utah State Senate. There, he was famous and beloved. Lawmaker Priorities For 2017 Legislature Include A Balanced Budget, Discussing Ed. Funding By Nicole Nixon • Jan 23, 2017 File Photo Listen Listening... / 1:35 The 2017 general session of the Utah Legislature got underway Monday, and leaders of the Utah Senate have a lengthy list of things they want to accomplish in the next 45 days. Utah Senate Passes Bill Requiring Self-Reliance Classes to Receive Assistance By Brian Grimmett • Feb 29, 2016 Brian Grimmett/KUER Listen Listening... / 1:22 The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would require recipients of welfare to complete a 2-hour long self-reliance class. Utah Senate Approves Anti-Porn Resolution for Final Vote By Nicole Nixon • Feb 23, 2016 Brian Grimmett/KUER Listen Listening... / 1:22 The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a resolution that would declare pornography a public health hazard. In Republican Controlled Legislature, Passing Bills Isn't Always Easy By Brian Grimmett • Mar 10, 2015 Brian Grimmett Listen Listening... / 1:43 For a bill to become law the Senate, the House, and the Governor all have to give their approval. But even with a Republican super-majority in the Utah legislature, that process often encounters obstacles.