Utah lawmakers weighing contentious bills as session ends

Utah lawmakers weighing contentious bills as session ends

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Utah legislators will wrap up their 45-day annual session Thursday after passing two measures restricting abortion, reaching a deal to raise alcohol levels in beer and moving to restrict underage marriage. Lawmakers have already passed more than 400 bills and were expected to churn through more before adjourning at midnight. Here’s a look at where key issues stand as the Legislature enters its final day: BEER ALCOHOL LEVELS Recaptcha requires verification. protected by reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms Privacy – Terms SIGN UP Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to the Sun Herald SUBSCRIBE WITH GOOGLE #ReadLocal A compromise will raise the amount of alcohol available in beer sold at grocery and convenience stores to 4 percent, up from 3.2 percent. Supporters of the measure say a failure to raise the limit would lead to a lack of beers on the shelves because big brewers aren’t producing as many low-alcohol beers as the market shrinks. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which counts most lawmakers as members, supports the compromise. The church opposed the original proposal that would have raised the alcohol percentage to 4.8 percent. ___ ABORTION A measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Cheryl Acton would ban abortion once a fetus reaches 18 weeks gestational age, among the strictest in the country. Exceptions include if the pregnancy was a result of rape or is a detriment to the mother’s health. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has already said it will […]

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