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Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox.

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says he’s not mad at state lawmakers for passing controversial position statements on critical race theory and guns this week — even though he previously discouraged them from taking action on the hot-button topics.

During a wide-ranging news conference Thursday, the governor also told reporters that mandatory water restrictions are probable this summer — and that he would explore limiting fireworks, during what he expects to be a severe drought and fire season.

Cox appeared on PBS Utah the day after state lawmakers met in a special session to spend more than $500 million in federal funds and approve bills on masks in schools and redistricting.

They also passed resolutions on making the state a Second Amendment sanctuary and prohibiting critical race theory in schools, two issues that Cox intentionally excluded from his call for a special session.

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