With the end of the summer recess, the Trump White House is gearing up for its first major legislative push in more than two years, with the passage of a bill that would repeal a law requiring state-issued driver’s licenses to include a picture of the president.
Lawmakers in Utah, home to a major oil and gas industry and a number of major U.S. military bases, are also considering whether to make some changes to the state’s voter ID law.
The bill passed the Utah Senate earlier this week, with a 50-47 vote, and it now moves to the Republican-controlled House.
That would allow for a floor vote, where it would need to pass both chambers.
The Senate bill has the support of nearly every House Republican.
The measure is expected to be passed by the House next week.
It would eliminate a law passed in 2008 that required voters to show identification to cast a ballot.
The new law, signed by then-President George W. Bush, has been criticized for requiring some Utahns to prove their citizenship before they could cast a vote.
The Utah Legislature has not approved a similar law in years, so it’s not clear how long the new law will be in place.
But some Utah Republicans have said the voter ID provision is a necessary part of preventing voter fraud, and they’ve argued that voters should not be required to show photo identification.
Critics say the law has had an effect on turnout and turnout is higher in some areas.
A study by the Pew Research Center last year found that only 13 percent of Utahns cast a voter-registration ballot in 2016, a slight drop from the nearly 60 percent turnout in the 2008 presidential election.