The Utah Legislature passed on immigration this session, smothering several bills aimed at reversing what lawmakers did in 2011 but also likely setting up the issue as a lightning rod when lawmakers convene in 2013.
Rep. Chris Herrod was first with HB300, a measure attempting to replace Utah's guest-worker law that was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert a year ago. That bill would've supplanted HB116, which was set up as a visa program run by the state that aims to allow undocumented immigrants living in Utah to pay fines and submit to background checks in exchange for working legally in the state.
It has a trigger date of July 2013, but Herrod's proposal sought to remove that date and instead wait for congressional approval before starting a guest-worker program that would be open only to undocumented immigrants in Utah who never used a fake Social Security number.