After 45 days of hearing bills and resolutions, the Utah legislative session has ended. The Utah Legislature won't meet again until next January unless a special session is called.
Four things can happen after a bill or resolution is passed by the Utah Legislature and placed on Gov. Gary Herbert's desk:
- Herbert can approve the bill by signing it, making it law.
- Herbert can reject the bill by vetoing it or reject part of the bill with a line-item veto, which nullifies part of the bill. Vetoes can be overturned by a two-thirds vote of each house in favor of the bill, either during the regular legislative session or in a veto override session.
- Herbert can decide to neither sign nor veto the bill, allowing it to become a law without endorsing or rejecting it. Herbert has 20 days to sign or veto legislation, or it becomes a law without his signature, according to StateScape.
- Some resolutions, such as simple or joint resolutions, don't need the governor's signature, requiring no action to be enacted.
Successful bills become effective 60 days after the session has ended, unless there is a specific date mentioned in the bill.
So far, Herbert has signed 21 bills from the 2016 legislative session and has until March 30 to decide what to do with the remaining 454 bills.
Here's a look at the bills he has signed, vetoed or not signed since he has been governor. Data is from le.utah.gov and groups bills from special sessions into their respective years.