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House doesn’t vote on resolution about mask mandates in Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah — On Wednesday the Utah House of Representatives did not take up a resolution to overturn Salt Lake and Summit counties’ mask mandates.

“The House Majority Caucus is in widespread agreement that mask mandates are not the answer. However, we are still looking at the resolution and discussing a variety of options,” a spokesperson for House Speaker Brad Wilson said.

The Utah State Senate wasted no time passing Senate Joint Resolution 3, which overturns the mandates.

It was introduced and passed without a public hearing on a party-line vote of 22-5, on the opening day of the session.

The resolution overturns the mask mandates issued by local health departments and upheld by the respective county commissions and councils. But under laws passed by lawmakers last year, the legislature can act as a final check on public health orders.

 

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