Opening Day of the Utah State Legislature
Today is the first day of the 2009 Utah legislative session.
The Utah Constitution was amended by voters this fall to change the opening day of the Utah State Legislature from the third Monday in January to the fourth Monday. Previously opening day coincided with the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.
The legislative session runs for 45 days. The amendment to Article VI Section 2 of the Utah Constitution also included a provision that excludes federal holidays from the count of legislative days, so Presidents' Day is no longer counted as a legislative day.
You can track the work of the Utah Legislature during its session on its website: http://le.utah.gov.