December 19, 2019 •
Utah Lawmakers Adjourn Special Session, Pass Tax, Health Bills
The Utah Legislature approved a sweeping tax-change bill during the one-day special session on December 12.
The bill cuts state income taxes and hikes the sales tax on food, gas, and a list of other services.
The tax bill did not reach a two-thirds majority in either the House or Senate, subjecting it to challenge by a citizen referendum on December 16.
In order to qualify, the referendum must collect more than 115,869 validated signatures across the state by January 21.
Lawmakers also passed a bill to fund behavioral health services, moving $3.9 million from unused appropriations to provide health treatment.
The behavioral health bill passed with no opposition.
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