Domestic violence shelters could get donation

Domestic violence shelters could get donation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has passed a bill that would give people paying for a marriage license the option to donate an extra $10 for domestic violence shelters.

Bill sponsor Rep. Christine Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, says if about one-third of people getting marriage licenses would donate, the amount would exceed the approximately $80,000 a year the state gives shelters.

The cost of a marriage license in Utah is currently $45 to $50, depending on the county.

There were about 25,000 marriages in Utah in 2006, the most recent data available.

House Bill 198 passed the House 47-24 Monday and will be sent to the Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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