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Utah's governor signs bills for COVID-19 relief, elections and a new Health Department boss

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 21:19:52-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert signed 19 bills into law from the latest special session of the legislature.

They include more measures designed to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, spending more than $150 million in federal money. Another bill tweaks the qualifications for who can lead Utah's Department of Health by allowing health care consultant Rich Saunders to assume the post (he's currently serving as interim director).

Another bill would expand the options available to voters ahead of the November election by increasing the availability ballot drop boxes, drive-thru voting and ensuring vote-by-mail remains in place in Utah.

Here's the total list of bills Gov. Herbert signed today with links to the bills:

HB6001Uniform Electronic Wills Act, Snow, L.
HB6002Supplemental Budget Balancing and Coronavirus Relief Appropriations, Last, B.
HB6003Premium Subsidy Amendments, Dunnigan, J.
HB6004 School Emergency Drills Amendments, Moss, C.
HB6005 Cosmetology and Associated Professions Amendments, Ballard, M.
HB6006 Alcohol License and Permit Amendments, Hawkes, T.
HB6007 Municipal Annexation Revisions, Musselman, C.
HB6011 Pharmaceutical Reporting Amendments, Ray, P.
HB6012 Public Education Funding and Enrollment Amendments, Moss, J.
HB6013 Corporate Income Net Loss Amendments, Spendlove, R.
SB6001 Community Reinvestment Agency Modifications, Harper, W.
SB6002 Financial Report Date Amendment. Bramble, C.
SB6003 Law Enforcement Tuition Reimbursement, Mayne, K.
SB6004 Regulatory Certainty Amendments, Winterton, R.
SB6005Income Tax Amendments, Harper, W.
SB6006 Department of Health Modifications, Christensen, A.
SB6007 Amendments to Elections, Harper, W.
SB6008 Tobacco Retailer Amendments, Vickers, E.
SB6009 Cares Act and Covid-19 Assistance and Recovery Amendments, Hemmert, D.