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After a failed gambit by Democrats to force a floor vote on Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan for Medicaid expansion last week, House leaders pushed through a rule change to stymie such parliamentary maneuvers in the future.

Last week, freshman Rep. Justin Miller, D-Salt Lake City, tried to bring the Healthy Utah bill directly to the House floor for a vote, even though it was voted down in committee.

The effort failed, but immediately afterward House leaders asked attorneys to draft a change to House rules. The new rule, approved 71-0 after a suspension of the rules Monday to allow a vote without the normal 24-hour waiting period, requires a two-thirds vote of the House to bring a bill that has been voted down in committee directly to the floor. Currently it only takes a majority.

House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, said the change was something they had meant to make earlier.

"They jogged my memory," Dunnigan said.

— By Robert Gehrke