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WEST JORDAN REPUBLICAN Sen. Chris Buttars' absence from Capitol Hill Wednesday disrupted the legislative process. His bill banning gay clubs from Utah high schools was pulled from a Senate committee in the morning. Here, a group of Hunter High School students who were given permission slips to miss school so they could speak about the bill, do the next best thing and corner Rep. Ron Bigelow, R-West Valley City, in the hall. An afternoon Senate committee Buttars sits on lost its quorum as senators left, putting debate about abortion, memorial crosses on the highway and drug treatment on hold. Buttars is suffering from a prolonged, undisclosed illness.