Despite the Utah State Senate’s passage of HB 353 by an overwhelming 25-4 margin, the bill is racing against the clock to survive.
Because the Senate amended the bill (more about that later) it now must go back to the Utah House for approval.
The catch is, that all has to happen by midnight in Salt Lake City. Which means that, as I write this, there are about 5.5 hours to get this done. The House is on a dinner break at this moment, which ends at 7:00 P.M. their time, leaving five hours of actual time to work on legislative business.
It seems doable, but HB 353 isn’t listed on the House activity calendar yet, so…
UPDATE: Jack Thompson, who drafted the original version of the bill, commented on the time pressure in an e-mail to GamePolitics:
Now it’s back to the House with the amended Senate bill, which applies to all sales, including Internet sales. This is fun, and the question is, does it strike midnight before we win?
UPDATE 2: HB 353 status page shows that the House has concurred with the Senate amendments. Next stop for the bill is Gov. Huntsman’s desk.