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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sen. Mark Madsen, a Republican from Eagle Mountain, is introducing a proposal that would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot. He's hoping to persuade his colleagues to support it instead of a more restrictive program from two other GOP lawmakers.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court is reviving a case against a former small-town police chief accused of mishandling a domestic violence complaint against his brother. The opinion reverses two lower court rulings tossing out charges against former Kamas police chief Adam Howard Jones. A defense attorney says the lower courts decided Jones came to help as a brother, not a police officer.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new report by the Utah Department of Health finds that sexual assaults in the state cost an estimated total of nearly $5 billion in a single year. Health officials say even though Utah has a relatively low overall crime rate, the number of rapes per capita exceeds the national average. Most of the cost, about $4 billion, came in the form of pain and suffering by the victims. A spokeswoman with the Department of Health says that the state spends about $92 million prosecuting and imprisoning perpetrators.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new women and family advocacy coalition says it will back three legislative proposals, including one that would offer state employees paid paternal leave. The Utah Women's Coalition coordinator says the group will also support bills prohibiting private businesses from discrimination based on breastfeeding and one that would create accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding employees.
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