The Utah Legislature gets underway, with focus on education, water, public lands
Facing down contentious issues of medical-marijuana legalization, education funding, health care expansion, water development and taxes, Utah lawmakers convened the general session of the 61st Legislature on Monday with admonitions to begin preparing for the future.
"This is the beginning of the season. This is game day," said House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper.
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, urged lawmakers to act now on looming problems with schools, water and education,
"I hope we have the courage to invest now," before the state's population of 3 million doubles in the next three decades, Niederhauser said. "To sacrifice and pay forward is what we should be considering."