Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday called for the Legislature to meet in special session Wednesday to appropriate additional money to keep Utah's National Parks open, and to help assure that Utah students don't lose school lunches and several hundred furloughed state workers don't lose their health benefits.
The Senate will also be asked to confirm Rep. Spencer Cox, Herbert's nominee to be lieutenant governor.
The state wired $1.7 million to the Interior Department to reopen eight parks and monuments in Utah. But that money will run out in 10 days, and the Legislature will have to appropriate more money to keep the parks open beyond that.