Key issues during the first week of the 45-day session included Utah's sales tax laws, education funding, digital drivers' licenses and SB96, a bill that is pitched by proponents as a more financially responsible way of expanding Medicaid coverage than the voter-approved Proposition 3.
Here's a brief look at five major legislature stories from last week that you won't want to miss:
Newly sworn-in House Speaker Brad Wilson began his first few minutes on the dais Monday calling for an even larger tax rate cut than Gov. Gary Herbert gave lawmakers in his budget proposal.
Wilson said he's suggested legislators now working on writing a tax reform bill shoot for a bigger cut to the sales tax rate while broadening the tax base — one he said would be the "largest single tax cut in Utah's history."
The Utah State Board of Education announced its priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session — along with several massive asks for funding — amid a year the state is seeing more than $1 billion in budget surplus.
Among the board's top asks: About $176 million to increase the value of the weighted pupil unit to 5.5 percent. The WPU is the basic building block of per-pupil education funding.
Gov. Gary Herbert delivered his annual State of the State address Wednesday night to the Utah Legislature, describing 2018 as a year fraught with drought and wildfires but teeming with faith and courage.
Gov. Gary Herbert's plan to slash the state sales tax rate to just 1.75 percent was shot down Thursday by the lawmaker working on what's expected to be the GOP legislative leadership's tax package.
Backers of the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative approved by voters in November are spending more than $100,000 to run TV commercials pushing back against a replacement plan advancing quickly through the Legislature.
Additionally, more than 40 Utah faith leaders have signed on to a letter released Thursday urging Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican legislative leaders to oppose efforts "to delay or limit" the full Medicaid expansion approved by voters.