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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it's consistent with Western conservative values of freedom and liberty. The group plans to file a friend of the court brief to a federal appeals court that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. A Denver attorney for the group says many Republicans are re-examining their stance on gay marriage.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes to come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion with legislators before their annual session wraps up next week. Herbert said he hopes to expand Medicaid by seeking federal money to help 111,000 low-income Utah residents get private health coverage.

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 that the Senate voted 15-13 to pass the measure yesterday. But Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain says the measure could lead to reckless behavior by police.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —One of Utah's most notable liquor laws is again sparking friction the state Legislature. A Republican lawmaker has rekindled an effort to take down restaurant walls designed to shield diners' eyes from waiters shaking and stirring drinks. The measure squeaked out of the committee meeting Tuesday with an 8-7 vote after about a dozen proponents and critics defended their stakes on the issue.

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