Leavitt Signing Bills Into Law

Leavitt Signing Bills Into Law

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Governor Mike Leavitt so far has signed about 200 of the 392 bills passed by the Legislature, including the controversial measure requiring junior highs and high schools to hold weekly Pledge of Allegiance recitations by students.

Leavitt also has signed the bill repealing term limits for elected officials. The repeal is in time to prevent the term limits from affecting any office holders.

A spokeswoman says Leavitt, who has yet to declare whether he will seek a fourth term, "has never had strong feelings one way or the other" about term limits.

Among bills still waiting Leavitt's decision are measures making sweeping changes to public education and alcohol consumption and a compromise measure in the dispute between banks and credit unions.

And Leavitt tells The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday that he has almost no choice but to allow into law the bill allowing concealed-weapon permit holders to take their guns into schools.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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