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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Measures to clear Utah's murky wintertime skies are working their way through the state Legislature.

But with only a week left in the 2014 legislative session, it's unclear how many of the pending proposals will secure final approval from lawmakers.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Joel Briscoe says legislators are heeding calls from Utah residents sick of the smog.

Proposals on the table include a $20 million push for clean-fuel school busses, clean replacements for wood-burning stoves and further reach for state air quality regulators trying to limit environment and public health risks.

But some of the proposals, including a tax credit for those buying commuter light rail passes in bad air months, have died.

The still-pending measures must also be signed by the governor to become law.

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