SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Utah Legislature returned to work on Capitol Hill Monday, with a long to-do list and just seven weeks to do it.
Nearly 80 returning lawmakers and 25 who are newly elected will try and resolve numerous issues on the agenda, including the state's expected budget surplus and statewide education challenges. The state is expected to have nearly $500 million to spend after balancing the budget, but officials say agencies are lined up around the block hoping to receive that money.
More than 1,000 pieces of legislation are scheduled to be introduced, and officials expect a third or half of those will pass. Gov. Gary Herbert has said education is his top priority, and he hopes to increase spending on schools by almost $300 million.
The 2013 Utah Legislature General Session will run through Mar. 14.
For a complete list of proposed legislation and other information on the legislature's 2013 session, click here