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Utah Legislature Wraps Up Business For The Year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature wrapped up its business for the year Friday. Lawmakers have already tackled a number of issues this year during a session that was conducted partially remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state has removed requirements for gun owners to get a permit to carry concealed weapons, decided against banning transgender teenagers from girls sports teams and passed a watered-down version of a plan to change the name of Dixie State University in southern Utah.

They have also voted to approve a nearly $100 million tax-cut package, pass new regulations for treatment centers for troubled teenagers and restrict access to mug shots.

Utahns also no longer have to go have a degree in cosmetology to wash and style someone’s hair, and more money than ever will go to Utah students.

Two new state parks will get funding and so will thousands of middle-income families, thanks to a budget surplus.

Flags will also be lowered to half-staff every year to bring awareness to Overdose Day.

KSL TV’s Debbie Worthen contributed to this report.

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