August 18, 2020 •
Utah Legislature Calls Special Session August 20 to Address COVID-19 Concerns
The Utah Legislature announced a special session beginning August 20 to consider COVID-19 relief, reopening schools, and to determine how to hold the November 3 general election.
The August 20 special session marks the sixth special session of the year. The election changes aim to modify a practice known as ballot harvesting or allowing a third party to collect and deliver multiple by-mail ballots.
Among the non-COVID issues to be discussed is a request for $20 million to bail out developers of a port in Oakland, California Utah lawmakers believe would ship Utah coal abroad.
The Legislature will hold the special session electronically, encouraging the public to participate by submitting inquires and feedback directly to their legislators or by remotely attending committee meetings.
The Legislature has exercised its ability to call itself into session, a method approved by voters in 2018. Before then, only governors could call a special session.
The special session does not affect lobbyist reporting.
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