Legislature entering final week of calm session

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After a relatively quiet legislative session, Utah lawmakers enter their final week with a few contentious issues still lingering.Democratic Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero says that, during the final days, controversial bills will likely move through the Legislature. Some of those bills could prompt lawsuits, including an extended waiting period for abortions, the attempted seizure of federal lands and drug testing for some welfare recipients.The 45-day legislative session ends Thursday.Lawmakers still have to finalize the state’s $13 billion budget, although leaders say the bulk of the work is done. That includes funding growth in public education and Medicaid, as well as providing 1 percent raises to state employees and teachers.Republican House Speaker Becky Lockhart says the session has been calm and no one issue has dominated.

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