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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A measure moved forward in the Utah legislature that would make it more difficult for people to sue officers that were involved in high-speed pursuits.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1n93RWd ) that the Senate voted 15-13 to pass the measure on Tuesday. The House will now vote on the measure since it was amended.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Todd Weiler of Woods Cross, says police need more protection from people who initiate chases and then file lawsuits related to death or injuries.

But Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain says the measure gives police too much leeway. He says it could lead to reckless behavior by police and leave people injured in pursuits with no way to get justice against police who don't follow rules and protocol.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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