2012 General Session has concluded. Now what? Next, these 478 passed bills, ranging from the nearly-$13 billion budget, to requests for the transfer of public lands, to alcohol changes head to the Governor for action. Here are a few deadlines the Governor has to conform to, per the Utah Constitution.
- The last day a bill may be signed or vetoed: March 28, 20 days after the General Session has concluded. If the Governor refuses to sign any bill by that date, it will still become law. As of March 12, the Governor has signed 32 bills. That only leaves 446 to go. Hopefully he doesn’t suffer from hand cramps.
- The last day a veto-override session may begin: May 7, 60 days after the Session concludes. If the Governor does veto a bill, the Legislature may convene to try to override that veto, which requires a 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate. Last year, the Legislature overrode two of the Governor’s vetoes.
- The typical effective date for bills: May 8, 61 days after the Session concludes. This date is set as the typical standard for enforcement. Keep in mind that some bills may have different effective dates. In example, House Joint Resolution 6, if approved by the voters, would go into effect on January 1, 2013.
You hold your breath, and we’ll hold ours, expecting a group of new laws effective May 8.