2017 Interim Session
Under the Utah Constitution, the Utah State Legislature is only allowed to meet in session for 45 days every year. If you were following the session this year, this is not long enough to even talk about every bill introduced, let alone delve into substantive policy discussions over each issue.
In order to understand various issues properly before each legislative session, where most of the time is spent passing bills rather than talking about them, legislators meet between legislative sessions at what are called Interim Sessions. At these sessions, which are held almost every month throughout the rest of the year, legislators divide into Interim Committees. Each committee is based on an issue, like Transportation, or Health and Human Services. Committee members hear from civil servants, experts, and the public, to study and discuss potential legislation related to their committees.
There are a lot of important topics the Legislature wants to study over the course of the next eight months before the 2018 Legislative Session – alcohol, equal pay, education funding, tax reform, and election procedures, among many more.
Our new Policy and Advocacy Fellow, Laura Boyer, covered the August Interim Session with one of our new interns, Maxton Cline. Read what they heard and saw below!
Appropriations meetings are full of numbers and rather dull, but July’s Interim Session still packed a punch as a legislator yelled at the media and a senator said something rather controversial about teachers. Read more below.
Rants against the federal government, getting rid of tax exemptions, and even a discussion on animal shelters — read what happened during June’s Interim Session.
From alcohol to tax reform and from public lands to a whole lot of federalism, the interim committees began exploring the issues they are going to study over the next seven months. Explore our Interim Session updates below to learn more!