SALT LAKE CITY -- A veteran lawmaker says the numbers show that the Legislature is pushing less legislation than normal this year, and legislators' efficiency in addressing measures is at a high.
In a news briefing Tuesday, Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said, by his tally, legislators have introduced 483 bills this session, which he described as one of the lowest levels in years.
He said the high has been 662. Of this session's 483 bills, 65 bills have also passed both the House and Senate at its halfway point. He said that is a higher percentage of passage than in the past.
"I like the fact we've introduced fewer bills. That means more of the bills will be able to be reviewed by members of the body, rather than a whole lug of bills we can't review," Valentine said.
Valentine's assessment comes on the heels of session-opening remarks by House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, who wondered if it was necessary for lawmakers to generate so many bills. She asked lawmakers to carefully review measures before pushing them into the legislative process.