Legislative session kicks off Monday

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jan 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-27 14:00:06-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- The 2014 legislative session is officially underway Monday.

The debate over same-sex marriage will be a part of the atmosphere of the session with a couple of competing initiatives.

Senator Steve Urqhart, a Republican from St. George, will work to win members of his own party by supporting a statewide non-discrimination bill supporting LGBT rights at work and in housing.

Senator Stuart Reid, a Republican from Ogden, is on the other side of the issue with a religious liberty bill aimed at protecting employers and landlords who have moral objections to supporting the LGBT lifestyle.

Air quality is also on the agenda, especially after Saturday's protest at the State Capitol over the air.More than a dozen bills are up addressing the air quality issue. Some address emission control for businesses and industry while others focus on wood burning stoves.

Debate over the so-called "Zion Curtain" is back with North Ogden Rep. Ryan Wilcox introducing a bill to have it removed. Wilcox, a Republican, is also teaming up with House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig over Utah's test-ban treaty over nuclear arms.

Stay with FOX 13 and for the latest legislative session news.