This photo shows the Utah State Capitol, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers are entering the final day of what has been a relatively quiet 45-day legislative session. By constitutional rule the Legislature must end its session Thursday, which often means the stroke of midnight. Lawmakers are wrapping up negotiations on a number of bills, including proposals to change the state's liquor and gun laws, and putting the finishing touches on a roughly $13 billion state budget.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Latest: Utah lawmakers pass new ballot-initiative laws

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the last day of Utah’s legislative session (all times local):

11:20 p.m.

The Utah Legislature is ending its session after passing a record 573 bills, including allowances for more alcohol in beer, an abortion ban that could be among the strictest in the country, and a long-awaited update to the hate crimes law.

Lawmakers wrapped up their 2019 session shortly before midnight, after taking action on final issues like setting the Gila monster as the state reptile and banning the use of shackles on jailed women during childbirth.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert says lawmakers took on some of the most complicated, difficult issues he’s seen during the 10 sessions he’s presided over.

The session did include some protest over issues like scaling back voter-approved Medicaid expansion and the collapse of a proposed ban on LGBTQ conversion therapy.

11 p.m.

After Utah voters passed changes to laws on hot-button issues like Medicaid expansion and medical marijuana, state lawmakers have passed new laws on the ballot-initiative process.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a bill passed Wednesday would delay successful ballot initiatives from going into effect, giving lawmakers a chance to change them.

Lawmakers also passed a bill requiring county elections offices to publicly post online the lists of people who support the effort, among other new signature rules.

The left-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah says those laws make it harder for people to create their own laws through the initiative process. Lawmakers say the delay allows for technical tweaks and signatures are already public record.

Other new rules prohibits a campaign from running similar initiatives within a two-year period, and require initiative backers to first describe their financial impact to voters.


9:15 p.m.

Utah lawmakers are passing a measure highlighting the negative effects of daylight savings time.

The resolution that passed Thursday night cites research indicating changing clocks twice a year hurts health and safety.

Sponsored by Republican Rep. Marsha Judkins, it urges Congress to support a measure from Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop that would let states choose whether to observe daylight savings time all year long.

State lawmakers say it’s often among the top issues they hear about from voters.

The vote comes as more than two dozen states are considering measures to avoid the twice yearly clock change.

While federal law allows states to opt into standard time permanently — which Hawaii and Arizona have done — the reverse is prohibited and requires Congressional action.