Governor calls special session of Utah Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert is calling a special session of the Utah Legislature to deal with a statewide shortage of liquor licenses and a $25 million education department accounting error.

Herbert says the session will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The governor said in May that a lack of liquor licenses available to restaurants was hindering business growth in Utah, and something needed to be done.

The session will also address a mistake announced in April that had education department officials underestimating the number of students who would be enrolled next year. That skewed calculations about how much per-pupil student funding the department needed and created a $25 million gap in a $3 billion budget.

Two officials resigned amid the error.

Lawmakers will also address several smaller issues during the session.

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