- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert has signed bills declaring Utah’s opposition to a new national monument and restoring funds cut to several education programs.

Herbert’s office announced the governor signed the legislation Thursday, a day after lawmakers approved both in a special session.

Lawmakers added about $4.8 million that went to preschool, reading programs and a reality cooking show for students interested in culinary careers. Herbert had vetoed the items in March but agreed to restore the funds as part of a deal with lawmakers.

Herbert also signed a symbolic resolution decrying a possible national monument in the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah.

President Barack Obama has not said if he will designate the monument but American Indian tribes say the area is threatened.

Utah officials say a monument would be overly broad.

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