Utah Gov. Spencer Cox indicators closing payments of 2021 legislative session
SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Spencer Cox signed the final 2021 bills in Utah on Thursday, ending his first term as governor.
The four bills that Cox signed were all household bills that finalized the state’s budget of over $ 23 billion, approved by lawmakers earlier this month.
These included HB2, the Law on Additional Funding for the Public Education Budget of over $ 59.6 million, HB3, the Law on Additional Funding of nearly $ 95.7 million for the fiscal year, SB2, the Law on over $ 871.6 million in additional funding for the Senate’s fiscal year; and SB3, an appropriation adjustment act for the fiscal year, will fund state operations July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
Cox signed SB3 with some line item vetoes and funded some bills that he vetoed Tuesday and Wednesday. These included funding for SB39, a hemp regulation act in Utah, and social media regulation act SB228.
Cox also vetoed funding for an HB76, a law that did not pass but would have made it clear that the state, not cities or counties, has the ability to regulate firearms.
“Overall, I am very pleased with the results of the 2021 legislation,” said Cox in a statement released on Thursday. “Large investments, including historical funding for education, broadband access and FrontRunner with dual tracking, will benefit Utahns for generations to come. Utah is ready to emerge stronger from this pandemic. “
The signing of these final bills completed Cox’s work for the 2021 legislature.