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Utah To Have Special Session Regarding Education Funding

Utah's governor and top legislators say they've agreed to have lawmakers meet in a special session next month to restore funding to several educational programs that Gov. Gary Herbert nixed with a line-item veto in March.

Herbert, House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said in a statement Monday that the restored money will be paired with extra scrutiny of the programs.

The session is expected to occur in May.

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The House and Senate had been polling their members to see whether there was enough support for a veto override but legislative leaders were also negotiating with the governor's office over a possible special session. It allows them to make changes instead of simply restoring the $5.8 million in cut funds.

Legislative leaders say they've stopped polling lawmakers on the veto now that they've struck a deal.