A look at the ‘big bills’ this legislative session

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It’s a wrap for the 2019 legislative session and it will go down as one that saw some historic moments.

Most years we are on the run to track down all the big bills that are still waiting to get passed, but this year, the Legislature got a lot of that work out of the way early.
The first two weeks were dominated by Medicaid expansion. Voters approved a full expansion plan in November, but the Legislature modified Prop 3 with a partial expansion plan that could ultimately lead to implementing the ballot initiative if federal waivers don’t come through. 

The Legislature has also already passed an historic hate crimes bill.

The bill, years in the making, adds enhanced penalties for those convicted of targeting a victim based on age, race, religion, sexual orientation and other protected classes.
Then there’s the controversial 18-week abortion ban. That bill has also cleared the Legislature already and is in the hands of the governor.

All of this was done before the final day.

“Almost everyone at the Capitol right now is looking at their day and saying, ‘how did all the big stuff get finished already?. And, the big bills really did. Even down to what they are going to do with the budget over the summer is fixed already,” Jason Perry, Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics said.

Governor Herbert now has 20 days to review and take action on all the legislation that passed.

ABC4 caught up with Gov. Herbert as the 2019 legislative session drew to a close. 

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