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Thursday evening, Jan. 23, 2020

Utah has become the 19th — and most conservative — state in the U.S. to ban "conversion therapy" for minors. The widely discredited practice, aimed at changing a patient's sexual orientation or gender identity, is now formally barred in the state after the new rule took effect late Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, who directed licensing regulators to make the change, confirmed the move to NPR on Wednesday.

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Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, 2020

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On Wednesday, a new HIV prevention campaign was quickly shut down by Gov. Gary Herbert. The problem? Condoms with suggestive state-themed phrases — like “Greatest Sex on Earth” and “Explore Utah’s Caves.” The Utah Department of Health apologized and said it is re-evaluating. KUER’s Caroline Ballard spoke with Christy Porucznik, an associate professor at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, who has also worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Utah Department of Health. 

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About a year after major reforms to Utah’s juvenile justice system, early indications show the state is heading in the right direction, detaining fewer kids and reducing staffing inefficiencies. 

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Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, 2020

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Despite a referendum moving ahead against a large and controversial tax reform bill passed last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced he signed the measure Thursday morning.

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Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to an agreement on banning conversion therapy for LGBT minors — an effort that stalled with Utah lawmakers earlier this year. 

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Updated 12:21 p.m. MST, 11/27/19

LGBTQ+ activists and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have come together on a proposal to ban conversion therapy for minors. 

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Updated 4:52 p.m. MDT 11/01/19:

As the Trump administration clamps down on the number of refugees allowed into the United States, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the president to send more of them to Utah.

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Gov. Gary Herbert says a proposed rule to ban the practice of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth may require some fine-tuning after it was met with opposition from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this month.

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After a rash of mass shootings last month, Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday all gun control measures should be on the table for discussion.

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The effort to change a young person’s sexual orientation with therapy may soon be prohibited for psychologists in Utah.

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Gov. Gary Herbert has directed state regulators to create new rules for monitoring conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice intended to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Leaders at the 8th annual Governor’s Energy Summit praised the virtues of “all-of-the-above” policies, but protesters crashed their discussion to push for a faster push toward clean energy.

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Gov. Gary Herbert will likely support President Donald Trump’s re-election bid in 2020.

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Utah will have more say in managing some of its federally-owned public lands, after Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a “shared stewardship” agreement on Wednesday.

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Gov. Gary Herbert revealed Wednesday that he is undergoing treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, a common and treatable form of skin cancer.

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Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a controversial ban on abortions performed after 18 weeks of pregnancy on Monday, joining a handful of red states pushing a host of new abortion restrictions that are likely to be challenged in federal court.

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Utah lawmakers wrapped up their annual 45-day legislative session last night. Before the gavel fell, KUER’s political team Nicole Nixon and Julia Ritchey talked with Gov. Gary Herbert for his take on the session … Successes, setbacks, and more.

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From ominous speeches to political message bills, the specter of socialism is haunting the Utah Legislature this session.

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Utah could soon put new restrictions on abortion after the state Senate on Thursday sent the first of two bills to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill amending Utah’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion on Monday, hours after the state Senate passed it and despite criticism from Democrats that it ignores the will of voters.

Following the 22-7 vote , Herbert quickly signed the controversial bill as the state races to get federal approval to start expanding Medicaid to meet an April 1 start date planned for Proposition 3.

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Gov. Gary Herbert delivered his 10th annual State of the State address on Wednesday night, calling Utah’s outlook strong despite a year of challenges that included drought, wildfires and a crippling federal shutdown.

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Gov. Gary Herbert says he generally supports stiffening penalties for hate crimes — that includes protections for LGBTQ individuals — despite a long-stalled effort in the Legislature.

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Utah experienced its driest year on record in 2018, leaving forests and range that had little soil moisture to begin with even more vulnerable to igniting in what turned out to be an extraordinary — and costly — fire season.

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With an eye toward the state’s growing population and aging tax code, Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a $19 billion budget on Wednesday with a $200 million sales tax cut proposal as well as full Medicaid expansion and an education boost.  

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A new lawsuit is seeking to block legislation approved by lawmakers this week which rewrote a voter-approved ballot measure expanding access to medical marijuana.

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As Utah voters mull whether to legalize medical marijuana via a ballot initiative this November, Gov. Gary Herbert is urging Congress to reschedule the drug.

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As wildfires burned throughout Utah Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a ban on open fires and fireworks on all state-owned land.

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