SALT LAKE CITY — Legislative leaders in both the House and Senate indicated Wednesday they would consider delaying the trigger date for implementation of a guest-worker program.
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, R-Provo, both indicated they would be willing to delay the trigger date for the Utah program for a couple of years to allow for reform initiatives from Washington, D.C.
Niederhauser said there has been discussion about delaying the implementation of the Utah program until 2014 or 2015. The Senate leader predicted those discussions will take place before the session ends March 14.
Lockhart said state lawmakers want clarity as part of immigration reform.
“I hope that Congress can work together, and we can get some sort of solution there. The great frustration with the state and people is that nothing has happened and there isn’t any clarity,” Lockhart said.
Lawmakers passed a guest-worker program during the 2011 session with a trigger date this year.