March 13, 2020 •
Utah Legislature Adjourns, Responds to COVID-19
In the final hours of the legislative session ending just before midnight on March 12, lawmakers pushed through a series of measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legislature extended the state of emergency for Utah to June 30, and instituted a “no handshake” rule at the Capitol.
To help seniors who are highly susceptible to the novel coronavirus, $24 million was appropriated.
An additional $16 million was appropriated to the Utah Department of Health.
Finally, $4 million was passed for Utah’s Division of Emergency Management dealing with COVID-19.
Senate Majority Whip Dan Hemmert passed a resolution that allows lawmakers to meet remotely, using electronic communication methods.
House Bill 186, relating to lobbyist registration as a foreign agent, was introduced but not passed.
The bill would have required a foreign agent to register with the lieutenant governor prior to engaging in any lobbying activity.
In total, lawmakers passed 510 bills ranging from affordable housing and education to women’s rights and technology.
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