Special session Wednesday won’t address Second Amendment Sanctuary

Special session Wednesday won’t address Second Amendment Sanctuary

FILE: Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, opens the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session in the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The governor called a special session for Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox called Utah lawmakers to meet in a special legislative session on Wednesday, May 19. But he elected not to include two hot button issues on the agenda: making Utah a Second Amendment Sanctuary, and address Critical Race Theory in schools. The special session will primarily focus on what Cox’s office described in a release as “crucial budget issues;” specifically, legislators will decide whether to accept federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act, and how to appropriate those funds. Special session addresses budget, provides legislative fixes In a letter to lawmakers, Cox listed 22 action items for them to consider in special session. Other than the federal funds, the agenda items include making changes to the state’s budgets for fiscal years 2021 and 2022, amendments to a number of regulations, and updates to bills passed in the 2021 regular session. Also on the agenda: updated eligibility requirements for police officers, modified deadlines for the independent commission responsible for redistricting. Cox also directs lawmakers to consider a resolution to condemn acts of anti-Asian hate and celebrate the heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Two items of note specifically address how the pandemic impacted schools. He asks the legislature […]

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