- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert says there needs to be more discussion in Utah schools about the country’s founding principles and civics education.

Herbert said in his State of the State speech Wednesday night that students need to understand the importance of the U.S. Constitution, the free-market economy and the democratic process.

The governor made no mention of a bill pending the Legislature that would require Utah high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate.

Utah is one of 15 states expected to consider the civics education measure this year.

A Utah Senate education committee unanimously approved the idea Tuesday.

It must still be approved by the full Senate and the Utah House.

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