Utah lawmakers to meet again Thursday in a virtual special session

Addressing impacts of coronavirus
Posted at 7:24 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 09:24:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers will be back in special session Thursday, meeting virtually due to the restrictions on large groups gathering.

The main goal is to continue addressing issues surrounding the impact of COVID-19 in Utah.

The legislature needs to figure out how to spend federal funds accepted last week.

They will also talk about extending the deadline for payment of the renewal fee for a bar establishment license.

Some changes could be made to a previously vetoed bill that would roll back sales taxes for locomotive fuel, and lawmakers will also look at expanding special-needs scholarships in Utah.

Governor Gary Herbert has already signed 11 bills from last week's special session.

The Utah State Legislature’s economic recovery task force has a list of recommendations for the Governor.

The commission says it wants the state to help businesses with issues related to providing personal protective equipment and employee screenings.

They also want to make some tweaks to liquor laws.

Some of the recommendations are already in motion, including a color-coded system of how things are going, allowing elective surgeries and relaxing some regulations on restaurants.

The task force wants these guidelines to be reviewed at least every two weeks.