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Cox says he will not veto any bills passed in this year’s special session

Utah Governor Spencer Cox says he will not veto any bills the Utah State Legislature passed in special session this week.Cox says there were “lots of negotiations behind the scenes to try to improve bills, to try to make them better.” He says he isn’t concerned about any of the bills and he plans to sign them as soon as they come to his desk.

 

This week, the legislature passed a series of bills that included a name change for Dixie State University to Utah Tech University, a bill granting workplace exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine mandates and, the most controversial of them all, a redistricting bill.

 

More than 200 people gathered outside the Capitol Thursday to protest the redistricting maps, saying they are gerrymandered. The group was calling on Cox to veto the maps. Cox says he will not, but he has had some concerns about the maps that he’s shared with legislators.

 

He says there was bipartisan support for the House and Senate maps. He says it was “good to see Democrats and Republicans come together on those maps.”