Utah legislators to vote on redistricting, Dixie State name and bail reform in upcoming session

Gov. Spencer Cox on Friday laid out the items that lawmakers will consider next week.

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) The Senate works in their final hours at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021, during the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session.

Utah lawmakers will gather next week to redraw congressional and legislative districts, consider the state’s bail system and take up a measure related to COVID-19 and the workplace.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox on Friday released a list of nine items that the Legislature will take up in the special session — which is being convened primarily so state legislators can adopt new election district maps.

Legislative leaders say the session, which will get started Tuesday morning, could last up to two weeks.

In a joint statement issued Friday, Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson said they will be “considering legislation to defend personal freedoms and individual choice and discussing other pertinent issues that deserve our immediate attention.”

Lawmakers have been working for the past few months to draw new boundaries for the state’s congressional and legislative districts based on population changes reflected in the decennial census. The state has also been testing out the new independent redistricting process required under an anti-gerrymandering initiative passed by voters in 2018.

The bipartisan, independent commission presented its district recommendations to state lawmakers earlier this week, but it appears unlikely that the Republican-controlled Legislature will move forward with any of these proposals.

During the special session, lawmakers will also be looking at:

The public will be able to attend the special session in person or can follow along virtually at le.utah.gov.