How Do Legislators Make Laws In Just 45 Days?
45 days. That’s not a lot of time to write, debate and pass hundreds of bills. And just like one notorious maiden at the ball, once the clock strikes midnight the party is over. So how does the magic happen? We talked to a lawmaker and a lobbyist about how a bill REALLY becomes a law in Utah.
Sen. Todd Weiler, Republican Utah state senator for District 23 (Davis and Salt Lake Counties)
Gabe Archuleta, director of public policy at YWCA Utah in Salt Lake City
Recommended Reading and Listening:
- How many states have part-time legislatures like Utah?: Full- and Part-Time Legislatures
- More details on the concealed carry bill getting assigned to the Natural Resources Committee: A Concealed Carry Bill Was Debated By The Natural Resources Committee, And Government Watchdogs Have Questions
- Sonja’s 4-part series on questions surrounding bail reform: Utah’s Path to Bail Reform
- Coverage of bail reform repeal during 2021 legislative session: Utah Senate Committee Passes Watered Down Bill To Repeal Bail Reform, Senate Approves Task Force
- More details on the concealed carry law: Gov. Spencer Cox Signs Bill That Eliminates Conceal Carry Permit Requirement
- The Legislature’s own guide on how it works: Legislative Guide