Bill OK'd by lawmakers invalidated on technicality

Bill OK'd by lawmakers invalidated on technicality



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill passed by the Utah Legislature during its latest session is invalid because staff accidentally left a word out of the measure.

The bill would have required cost studies for any new climate change policy enacted by the federal government or the governor.

Its goal was to require an economic analysis on the cost of compliance and potential economic harm before the state participated in any federal or state cap-and-trade program to limit carbon emissions and allow carbon producers to swap carbon credits.

Staff left the word "wholesale" out of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Roger Barrus, R-Centerville, and easily passed the Legislature. A Senate committee had added the word to the bill.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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