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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert and first Lady Jeanette Herbert will be joined by more than 2,000 students from across the state and other elected officials and dignitaries at the Capitol starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday to continue the weeklong celebration of women’s right to vote in Utah.

As part of Utah Women’s Suffrage Week, officials will commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the Utah Territorial Legislature granting women of Utah the right to vote on Feb. 12, 1870, and Seraph Young casting the first ballot under a women’s suffrage law two days later, as well as the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which protected the voting rights of people of color.

In the Utah House of Representatives, a vote has been scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on HJR 12, a resolution honoring the Utah women who contributed to women’s suffrage.

Committee meeting also continue during the 2020 legislative session. Some bills of note Wednesday include:

• Members of the House Government Operations Committee will discuss internet voting in HB292. The bill requires the lieutenant governor to study and make recommendations on the potential benefits and risks of casting ballots online.

• The Senate Education Committee is set to consider SB73, which would expand the grades in which a school administers a benchmark assessment for reading to include students through sixth grade. Current benchmarks are set at third grade. It seeks $1.5 million for the change.

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