Last day of 2019 legislative session

Mar 14, 2019, 9:20 AM
File: Utah State Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY — Thursday is the last day for Utah’s 2019 legislative session, and it may not end until midnight.

So far this session, legislators have passed more than 400 bills and resolutions, but not tax reform.

“We’ve got to modernize our tax structure so we are stable, and we have equal opportunity in our economy to contribute to the cost of government; broadening the base coupled with lowering the rate,” said Gov. Gary Herbert live on Utah’s Morning News.

State Senator Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said they didn’t want to rush it through.

“We balanced the budget, and we are saying we will continue to study this, and get input from the community, and when we are ready, we can come back,” he said.

Many expect a special session will be called in the summer to talk about it.

In the meantime, they did recently pass hate crimes legislation, a bill to raise the strength of beer from 3.2 to 4.0 percent, campus safety legislation, tweaks to the voter initiative process, and a bill to help students pay for college. Also moving forward is an 86 percent tax increase on e-cigarettes.

Gov. Herbert says he’ll be busy over the next few weeks working his way through all of the legislation and signing bills. He told Utah’s Morning News he has not yet decided whether he will sign a bill that would ban most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, saying all legislative matters will get his careful review.

Today’s Top Stories


supreme court pictured, its new term has started and will hear new cases...
Aimee Cobabe

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Utah case involving bump stocks

A Utah court case involving bump stocks will not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court declined to say why it won't take up the case.
1 day ago
supreme court pictured, its new term has started and will hear new cases...
The Associated Press

Supreme Court’s top cases for new term, new Justice Jackson

Already the Supreme Court has said it will decide cases on a range of major issues including affirmative action, voting rights and the rights of LGBTQ people.
1 day ago
Lisa Garner. Photo credit Draper City....
Mark Jones

Lisa Garner has support of Draper mayor to become next city judge

Draper Mayor Troy Walker is seeking the appointment of Lisa Garner as the city's next judge. The appointment must be approved by the city council on Oct. 4.
4 days ago
US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of th...
Betsy Klein and MJ Lee, CNN

Biden administration kicks off student loan debt forgiveness process

The Biden administration began its efforts aimed at student loan forgiveness on Thursday.
4 days ago
A sign for the Food and Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters in July 2020 in Whi...
Jacqueline Howard, CNN

ALS drug gets FDA approval despite uncertainty about effectiveness

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for ALS on Thursday.
4 days ago
Utah airbnb rentals rising interest rates affecting millennial home buyers...
Mark Jones

Eviction filings on the rise in Utah, compared to this time last year

The Rental Housing Association of Utah says eviction filings in Utah saw a 46% increase in the first six months of this year as compared to the same time in 2021.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Last day of 2019 legislative session