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July 28, 2011

Utah Session Laws online

Pioneer Session Laws.bmpUtah Session Laws from 1851 to present are now available online through Pioneer, the online library available from the Utah State Library. This database is available to all Utah residents with a library card or an access code provided by a local library.

When you login, you can browse the laws by year or search by keyword. You can print laws or download them to your computer or flash drive.

Have questions about how to research Utah laws? Contact us or visit us in person.

July 25, 2011

Wireless Password: world

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of July 25, 2011 is world.

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July 21, 2011

New Utah Judge Confirmed

ct mtns.jpgThe Utah State Senate yesterday vote to confirm Todd M. Shaughnessy (Third District Court) to replace Judge Hilder as a new Utah State Court judge.

For information about Judge Shaughnessy, check out Governor Herbert's news release announcing the nomination. After the governor makes his nomination, the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee convenes to discuss the character and fitness of the nominee. The audio recordings, agenda and committee reports are available online.

In this case, the committee gave a favorable report to to the senate, so Judge Shaughnessy's name was forwarded to the entire senate, which met yesterday, July 20, in the 2011 2nd Special Session to vote on the governor's nomination. The audio recording and related materials are also available online.

Clothing care instructions: Love them or hate them?

clothing.jpgWhen you buy a new item of clothing, do you tear off the care instruction label, or do you follow its instructions carefully?

The Federa Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comments about its regulations on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel (16 CFR Part 423).

Current regulations detail when care label instructions need to be included, such as the criteria for including a water temperature or bleaching warning. The FTC wants public opinion on the benefits, costs, and necessity of these regulations, and welcomes suggestions for modifying these regulations.

The request for public comments appeared in the July 13, 2011 issue of the Federal Register. Comments will be accepted until September 6, and can be made by mail or using the FTC's online comment form.

July 20, 2011

Library Closed on Pioneer Day

pioneerday.bmpThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, July 25 in celebration of Pioneer Day.

Pioneer Day has been a legal holiday for over 100 years. In fact, Pioneer Day was designated a legal holiday many years before Utah became a state. You can read the entire law, which is codified in the Compiled Laws of Utah 1888 here. As you can see, it became a legal holiday in Utah Territory in 1882.

For more information about the history of Pioneer Day, check out the Utah History Encyclopedia.

July 18, 2011

Wireless Password: views

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of July 18, 2011 is views.

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July 13, 2011

Establishing Recreational Trails

Summer is a great time to discover Utah's trails and hiking paths. Utah Code Title 79, Chapter 5 gives the Division of Parks and Recreation responsibility for the creation and management of trails in Utah's state parks.

Within this division, the Utah Recreational Advisory Council is responsible for advising the division on on several aspects of trail management in state parks, including establishing trails and and selecting signs and markers.

Before the Division can establish a trail, a public hearing must be held in the area where the trail will be located. Information about public hearings for the Division of Parks and Recreation or any other government agency can be found online.

July 11, 2011

Wireless Password: usual

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of July 11, 2011 is usual.

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July 07, 2011

Sunscreen Regulations

sunscreen.jpg Whether you're headed on vacation this summer or staying close to home, you should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced changes that will be made to sunscreen labeling regulations, effective June 2012. Among the changes:

  • A sunscreen must protect against both UVA and UVB rays in order to call itself "broad spectrum"
  • A sunscreen can't claim it's waterproof. At best, it can claim to be water resistant. A sunscreen can state the number of minutes it is water resistant.
  • The FDA also proposed a rule limiting the maxiumum SPF claim to 50+.

Current sunscreen regulations can be found in Title 21, Part 352, of the Code of Federal Regulations.

July 06, 2011

Search Library Catalog with iPhone App

bookmyne.PNG You can now search the Utah State Law Library's catalog from your iPhone by downloading the free BookMyne app. After you download the app, search for "Utah State Law Library" or allow the app to access your location to retrieve a list of participating libraries. Don't see the law library listed? Simply enter the law library's address or name.bookmyne2.PNG Once you've selected the law library, search the catalog by keyword, title, author or subject.

If you're browsing a book store or another library and want to check if the law library has a copy of the book you're looking for, just scan the bar code using the iPhone camera. If the law library has a copy, the app will provide information about the book, including the call number.

July 05, 2011

Wireless Password: trips

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of July 4, 2011 is trips.

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July 01, 2011

Library Closed on July 4

4thofjuly.jpgThe Utah State Law Library and all Utah State Courts will be closed Monday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

The 4th of July became a designated Federal holiday in 1870. Today it is a legal public holiday that many State and private employers also recognize as paid vacations for employees.

To read about historical Independence Day celebrations, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History page.

A list of all state and federal holidays observed by the Utah State Courts is available here.

Have a question for the law library while we're closed? Email us or text us at (801) 432-0898 and we'll get back to you as soon as possible on Tuesday.