SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers now have one week to get the state’s business done, and so far they still have hundreds of bills to pass.
Wednesday night they worked overtime until 10 p.m.
It’s six weeks into the legislative session, and lawmakers have introduced 761 bills, which is an all-time high in the last decade. However, only 163 bills have been passed. Utah hasn’t hit that low since 2007. Last year at this point, 263 bills made it through.
Sen. John Valentine, R-District 14, spoke about the issue.
“There’s a couple of factors that affect these particular type of numbers, one of them and probably the most important one is we took a full week of full base budgeting,” he said.
Valentine said the legislature started the state’s budgets from scratch, something they haven’t done before and a task that took them an entire week. Then add big ticket bills.