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Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said Monday that he doesn’t expect the bill to get debated and, under legislative rules, Monday is the last day for the Senate to pass bills that originate in that chamber.

Niederhauser said the LDS Church didn’t help bottle up the bill. Rather, it was simple math that did it in — he said he guesses the Senate is split about 60-40 against the measure.

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"It’s just a matter of where the votes are," said Niederhauser. "It’s the last day for Senate bills and the question is: Why, if we don’t have the votes, do we want to spend a lot of time debating it?"

Urquhart, the first Republican sponsor of the bill, said he hadn’t actually tallied support, but said it was not a matter of just being a few votes from passage.

"You look along generational lines, more and more people are getting it as we go along. … I feel a little late to the party, but I’m sure glad I’m here," he said. "We’ll get there. I know that we’ll get there."


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