- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have restored funds for several education programs that Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed in March.

Herbert used his line-item veto to strip the funds for a reality TV cooking show for students, an online preschool program and a reading program, among other initiatives.

The Republican governor questioned whether the programs needed the money and whether taxpayers should pay for a reality show.

Lawmakers were weighing whether to override the veto but instead struck an agreement with the governor to restore the funds and add more oversight of the programs.

Utah’s House and Senate met in a special session late Wednesday to pass legislation that restores the money.

The bill now moves to the governor’s desk.

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