Hillyard focusing on public education problem at Utah Legislature special session

Governor Gary Herbert has called the Utah Legislature into a special session Tuesday to approve the issuance of 90 new liquor licenses for restaurants, after developers claimed the scarcity of licenses has been hindering expansion.

Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard of Logan, who is co-chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee, said he has yet to be convinced that more liquor licenses are needed.

Hillyard said however he has been pushing for a special session to take care of a problem in public education. He said after the last session it was clear that public education officials had underestimated the number of new students by approximately 8000.

“It really created quite a problem for us, but we found the money in various non-lapsing balances or money that’s committed to other purposes. For the purpose of funding the growth of public education, we’re going to take the money out,” Hillyard said. “I wanted to get that done in June, because schools set their budget by I think June 23 is the day I keep hearing for the upcoming year.”

Two officials resigned after the error was discovered.

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