Although immigration bills typically generate lots of heated discussion in the Legislature, the House passed an "immigration consultant" bill Tuesday without any debate at all.
SB144, sponsored by Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, passed the House 58-8, sending the bill to the governor. Already passed by the Senate, the bill requires immigration consultants to register with the Department of Commerce, as well as undergo a criminal background check.
"Immigration is a sensitive and often polarized subject to discuss," House sponsor Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, said. "In the immigrant community there is a demand for translation and paper-processing services."