We’re so glad you asked! Interim is one of our favorite times of year. But to truly understand Interim, it is helpful to know a few things about our state legislature first.
- Utah’s state legislature is made up of part-time elected officials who make up the State Senate (29 total) and State House of Representatives (75 total). You can learn more about the State Legislature here.
- Every year our legislature convenes on Capitol Hill for a 45-day State Legislative Session (also known as the General Session) between January and March to propose, debate, amend and pass laws and balance our state budget.
- During the rest of the year (often referred to as “Interim”), our state legislators go back to their regular jobs as lawyers, developers, farmers, teachers and so on across the state.
Although our state legislators are part-time, Interim is an important time for policy development and advocacy. In fact, most of the relationships, coalitions and legislative support is built during this time. This is also when research is conducted and bills are written. In addition to this behind-the-scenes work, legislators conduct public legislative work during monthly “Interim Sessions” at the State Capitol.