SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers plan to push back the July 1 start date of the state's guest-worker program.
The Legislature approved the guest-worker law in 2011, which would permit illegal immigrants who haven't committed other crimes and have steady employment to remain in the state with their immediate families.
Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said earlier in the week that lawmakers were weighing delaying the guest worker program a year or two.
Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, one of the architects of the guest worker law, said the program was set up because there was no federal program, but now it appears Congress may tackle immigration.
Lawmakers have passed a deadline to introduce new legislation but the Senate voted Friday to allow Bramble to introduce a bill to push back the program.