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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- More than two dozen new state laws are taking effect today.
That includes one allowing teenagers to drive a few months earlier and an appropriations bill that gives schools and state agencies a bundle of money.
The driver's license bill authorizes the state to issue a practice driving permit to youngsters at age 15 years and 6 months -- three months earlier than previously allowed. The appropriations bill doles out nearly 8-point-2 (b)billion dollars to Utah public schools and other agencies for the fiscal year running through next June 30.
Also in effect are a new college scholarship for low-income students and measures that allow students who are National Guard members to retain Utah residency while they're on active duty.
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