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Utah: 2017 Session Concludes
March 10, 2017

Lawmakers adjourned the 2017 regular session late Thursday after approving a $16.1 billion budget with $239 million in new education funding, a measure to allow diners to serve alcohol, a .05 percent blood alcohol limit (from .08 percent), and a June 30, 2019 sunset date for the Salt Lake Road Home. Legislators also approved measures to allow medical marijuana research and student programs to prevent suicide and opioid addiction.

As the session ended, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a tax reform plan that would have included restoring the sales tax on food. Governor Gary Herbert (R), who does not possess a pocket veto, has until March 29 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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