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Attorney General Says School Vouchers will Remain

Attorney General Says School Vouchers will Remain



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(KSL News) Utah's Attorney General issued an informal opinion tonight on the referendum effort for school vouchers. He says even if voucher opponents repeal a new law, funding for the program would still be available.

Mark Shurtleff writes, "That's because the Legislature passed a second voucher law with the same intent as the first. A petition drive is only targeting one."

Governor Huntsman asked for the informal opinion. A spokeswoman for voucher opponents, Pat Rusk, says Shurtleff's opinion only is an attempt to scare away people from signing petitions.

Today the group Parents for Choice in Education launched a campaign in support of private school vouchers.

The group wants the law to remain in place and is trying to persuade voters not to sign a petition. This comes as opponents continue gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

The referendum organizers have just two weeks to get 92,000 signatures from registered voters. But they say they're right on target.

If the petition drive is successful, Utahns could vote on the issue in a special election this year.

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