Thursday is the last day of the 2019 legislative session


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – All eyes are on Utah’s State Capitol as the last day of the 2019 legislation wraps up. 

The biggest bill that will be voted on will be Utah’s Beer Bill that will allow grocery stores to carry stronger beer this November.

Many thought the beer bill was at the bottom of the bottle until it filled back up in the State Senate. The amended bill would allow stores to carry 4.0 percent alcoholic beer, increase the excise tax, plus create a task force to study a move to 4.8 percent beer.

Kate Bradshaw, the director of Responsible Beer Choice Coalition says, “It gets us halfway between 3.2 and 4.8 [percent beer]. It will restore some level of choice to the market place, not all choice in the market place, but it restores some of what we lost.”

What hasn’t been lost this legislation is representative Sandra Hollins’ resolution. It is up to the Lieutenant Governor to sign it and allow Utahns to vote on taking the word “SLAVERY” out of the Utah Constitution in 2020

One bill Governor Gary Herbert is looking forward to signing is Senate Bill 103, otherwise known as ‘Utah’s Hate Crime Bill.’

This bill creates an enhanced penalty for those convicted of targeting a victim based on race, religion, sexual orientation, military service, and other protected categories. Wednesday, the bill passed out of the State Senate with a resounding 22-3 vote.

West Valley City Republican State Senator Daniel Thatcher says, “I was trying not to get too excited until we crossed the finish line, but we just crossed the finish line so I think now is the time for a little celebration.”

One bill the ACLU of Utah and the Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah have their eyes on is the ‘Utah Abortion Amendments Bill.’ 

House Bill 136 made its way out of legislation and is now headed to Governor Herbert’s desk. It will be up to him to sign it into law or veto it.

If passed, sponsors and opponents agree, this bill could make its way to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 

ABC4 News’ Senior Political Correspondent Glen Mills is at the Capitol all day and will be monitoring activity. Follow him on Twitter for the latest.

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For this Beetdigger and Ute it's an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 Utah team in June, 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 Utah News at 4 Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Chief Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Utah's only statewide political talk show, Inside Utah Politics Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Read More...

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