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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials are considering five locations for a new homeless center, including three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake. Salt Lake County announced on Friday that they would like to hear from the public about these options before a state committee makes a final decision.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The sponsor of a Utah legislative bill that specifying heavier punishments under hate crimes law and protections for gay and transgender people is frustrated after it never got a public hearing. The measure by Republican Daniel Thatcher would have given heavier punishments to those found guilty of committing crimes that terrorize people based on factors like race.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the dying embers of Utah's 2017 legislative session, lawmakers narrowly passed a polygamy bill that adds harsher penalties for people convicted under the state's bigamy law if they're also convicted of other crimes such as domestic abuse. The measure, which must get approval from Gov. Gary Herbert, was opposed by polygamists who said it unfairly targets their families and will discourage people witnessing crimes like fraud or abuse from speaking out.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators closed out their 2017 session at midnight Thursday, having passed more than 500 bills this year, including alcohol reforms and a last-minute change to the state's bigamy ban. Legislators also passed proposals to lower the minimum age to obtain a concealed-carry permit to 18, down from 21, and one that would require doctors to inform women that a medication-induced abortion could be halted after taking just one of two pills.
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