Stealing gas could mean losing driver's license

Stealing gas could mean losing driver's license

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Stealing gas could result in someone losing their driver's license for up to 90 days under a bill the Utah Legislature has approved.

Theft of gas can already lead to jail time, but Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, says that jails are too full to accommodate those who don't commit major crimes.

He says Senate Bill 98, sponsored by Sen. Jon Greiner, R-Ogden, offers an alternative punishment that could serve as a deterrent.

The bill passed unanimously in the House on Wednesday. Gov. Jon Huntsman will now decide whether to sign the bill into law.

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

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