Utah lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to allow the state’s public colleges and universities to impose a $1,000 cap on student tuition, a major change to the way the state spends public dollars.
The Senate passed the measure, which passed the House on Wednesday, by a 55-43 vote, with two Republicans voting against it.
It now goes to Gov.
Gary Herbert for his signature.
“This bill represents a fundamental change in Utahns educational future,” Herbert said in a statement.
“Utahns children deserve better.
The new legislation will ensure that our students have the opportunities they deserve, regardless of the price tag.
It will also ensure Utahns future economic prosperity and create more opportunities for our young people.”
It was unclear how the legislation would affect Utahns schools.
Herbert said during his campaign last year that he favored limiting tuition.
“We should not be doing what the states have been doing,” he said at the time.
“We should be investing in Utah to be the best state in the union and create the opportunities for all students.”
The bill, signed into law by Herbert last month, would increase the number of Utahns college students from about 4,000 to about 11,000.
It would also allow Utahns students to transfer to public colleges or universities outside the state.
“It’s an important first step toward improving education in Utah,” Herbert told reporters Tuesday night after the Senate passed its bill.
“This is about keeping the best students, and ensuring that they can graduate with a high degree of success.
We’ll have more details to come.
We’re very optimistic that this bill will make Utah the best place to be a Utahns student.”
It’s not clear how the measure would affect students who attend schools outside the area that have higher tuition and fees.
The bill also would allow students to be placed in a private school or charter school if they are currently enrolled in an educational program that is part of the public school system.
It’s unclear how this change would affect those students, who would be eligible for federal funding to attend public schools if they choose to attend.
The House passed a similar bill earlier this month that would allow public colleges to use state dollars to fund tuition for students who are already enrolled in a state school system and do not qualify for a state scholarship or other financial assistance.
The governor has indicated he would sign the bill, but the measure faces opposition in the Senate.
— The story of how the Tulsa Police Department’s internal affairs division found the death of a black man in 2014 sparked widespread public outrage and a public inquiry.
It also led to a criminal probe of the department and the Tulsa County district attorney’s office.
Tulsa Police Chief Brian Seiter resigned on Friday.
The investigation and the ensuing criminal probe were the focus of a lengthy investigation by the National Geographic Society’s Public Affairs and Government Relations Division.
“The investigation of Officer Michael Ketchum was the result of a thorough and transparent investigation,” the department said in a statement on Friday, a day after Seiter’s resignation.
“He was not the only officer to receive a fair hearing and to receive his full due process.
I thank him for his service to our community.”
A report released last year by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation (OBI) found that Seiter, a white man, was acting in the interest of “public safety” when he used excessive force when he shot 17-year-old Ketchums brother and his friend.
In an interview with the Associated Press in 2015, Ketchumm said the shooting “was not a justified use of force.”
He said that while the family had been receiving death threats, Seiter had “got a bad feeling” that he would be fired if he did not cooperate with investigators.
The OBI investigation found that there were no credible threats against the family during the investigation and that the department did not take reasonable steps to address concerns raised by the family about the conduct of Seiter.
In a statement to the AP, Seeter said he had apologized to the family for “inappropriate behavior.”
“I know I should have done better and I’m deeply sorry for that,” he said.
The AP’s report, based on records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that the OBI’s report found that the Tulsa police department’s internal investigation had been “poorly handled and the process was flawed.”
Tulsa police did not respond to a request for comment about the report.
Seiter was also the subject of a lawsuit by the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after the 2014 shooting.
The lawsuit alleged that the police department had violated the rights of the family, as well as Ketchumps brother, when it fired him after the shooting.
In response to the lawsuit, the Tulsa district attorney and the city of Tulsa agreed to pay Ketchim to settle the case for $6.5 million.
Ketchi was acquitted in April 2018 of manslaughter and excessive force, but the lawsuit remained active.
Keterts brother, who did not testify in the case, was also acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in 2018.
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