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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lawmakers have passed a bill to legalize the home brewing of beer and wine without a license.
House Bill 51 will legalize what thousands Utahns are already doing, says sponsor and Rep. Christine Johnson, D-Salt Lake City.
The bill would cap brewing at 100 gallons of beer or wine per year for each person age 21 or over in a household. Each household would be limited to 200 gallons per year.
Individuals now are required to pay hundreds of dollars in license and application fees, although few home brewers comply.
A similar bill was discussed last year, but died before receiving final approval.
Lawmakers gave the bill final approval on Thursday and it will now be sent to the governor.
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