Cox OK with resolutions on critical race theory, 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Cox OK with resolutions on critical race theory, 2nd Amendment sanctuary

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at his weekly news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 20, 2021. SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Spencer Cox said he was OK with the legislature passing resolutions exploring whether the state should ban critical race theory and declare Utah a "Second Amendment sanctuary." "They actually did what I asked them to do," the governor said of the Utah State Legislature, later adding: "If you look at those resolutions, that’s basically what they did was say ‘Hey, we want to work on this, we have some concerns.’" The legislature met in an "extraordinary session" to pass the measures as resolutions after Gov. Cox declined to put them on the agenda as bills in a special session that was held the same day . The special session was designed to accept $1.65 billion in COVID-19 relief money, though lawmakers also passed a bill banning face mask mandates in Utah schools in the fall (that the governor said he would sign) and extended the state of emergency for drought. Resolutions are statements by a legislative body that is not legally binding. A bill becomes a law that can be enforced. Republican lawmakers originally wanted a ban on critical race theory, even though it is not taught in Utah schools. They also wanted the "Second Amendment sanctuary" status for Utah out of concern about federal gun control policies that might happen. Gov. Cox told legislative leaders he wanted more […]

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