Feb 9, 2024 - News

Capitol Recap: Utah lawmakers tackle AI and front license plates

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Utah Legislature hit the halfway point of the 45-day session this week.

What happened: A bill that would have stripped the lieutenant governor's power as the state's chief elections officer was put on hold shortly after it was first revealed.

  • The extensive legislation would have created a separate state agency to take over elections oversight.
  • HB 490's sponsor, Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-Ogden), said it will not get a hearing and will instead be studied during the interim.
  • Wilcox maintained the measure "does not support a premise that there is some kind of fraudulent activity happening in our elections," per FOX 13.

What we're watching: As the rise of artificial intelligence disrupts nearly every industry, state Sen. Kirk Cullimore (R-Draper) is sponsoring a bill that would find an individual criminally liable if they use an AI tool "that violates consumer protection laws if not properly disclosed."

  • The measure passed the Senate Business and Labor Committee on Thursday via a 6-2 vote. It now heads to the full chamber for consideration.

Plus: SB 45, which would remove the requirement for cars to have a front license plate, passed the Senate this week on a 26-3 vote.

  • The measure, sponsored by Sen. Dan McCay (R-Riverton), now heads to the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Go deeper: Utah lawmakers consider license plate rules for "69"

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