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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah drivers will no longer have to pay an extra fee for an "In God We Trust" license plate starting Jan. 1.

The fee waiver is one of a handful of new state laws taking effect in 2017.

Another new law aims to combat Utah's suicide rate by getting more mental health treatment to people. It will offer $10,000 tax credits to psychiatrists who set up new practices in Utah or offer mental health help to communities where suicide rates are higher, including rural areas, the homeless and veterans.

Most of the laws passed in 2016 already took effect in July, when the new budget year began, or in May under a default date marking 60 days from the end of the Utah's short legislative session.

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