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Too many bills? Record breaking number requested in the Utah State Legislature

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-05 19:44:18-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A record-breaking number of bills have been requested in the Utah State Legislature.

At the House Majority Caucus meeting on Thursday, House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, announced more than 1,100 bills had been requested -- the most ever. The Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel said by mid-day Thursday, 1,224 bills had been requested by lawmakers.

The bills range from serious tax policy and education issues to lighter fare like designating the state dog.

Asked if there were too many, House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said not every one of them will be heard.

"We aren’t going to tell individual lawmakers you can’t run a bill, but is it too many? If you do the process right, I think at the end of this there’s going to be a lot of bills that didn’t pass," he told FOX 13.

To deal with the massive amount of bills proposed, Hughes said committee hearings are slated to run all the way through the end of the legislative session, something that has never been done before.