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Legislators Focus on Cutting Taxes, Enforcing Student Club Rules

Legislators Focus on Cutting Taxes, Enforcing Student Club Rules



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Rich Piatt Reporting Money is a sticking point in terms of tax cuts. The House, Senate and the governor agree to cut a total of $220 million. The problem is, which taxes should be cut?

In the meantime, bills are starting to make their final journey through the process this week. Among those passing on to the governor today: new rules for student clubs--targeting gay-straight alliances. Those who voted against it said it was overkill that punishes all student clubs.

Rep. Scott Wyatt (R), Logan: "Sixteen pages of regulations, imposing our views of how clubs should operate, with the sole purpose of getting rid of gay-straight type clubs, and it won't do it."

That bill is now headed to the governor's office.

In terms of tax relief, it appears the sticking point between the House and Senate lies with how the income tax cut should be handled and if sales tax--especially on food--should be cut more.

Rep. Brad Dee, House asst. majority whip: "What we're looking at now is the mechanism to make that happen. There are many of us who are concerned that it's across the board and everyone benefits, and that's where we are right now to make sure that happens."

The final committee hearings are this afternoon, which leaves all the bills that are on the House and Senate floors. So there's plenty of work left to do in the final five days of the session.

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