SALT LAKE CITY — Thursday marks the final day of the 2019 legislative session.
Over the past seven weeks, lawmakers have already passed more than 430 bills and resolutions, and with a full day ahead, are expected to tackle many more.
Both the House and Senate are slated to convene at 8 a.m. today, and if traditional holds, the gavel won't come down until near midnight.
Issues discussed at the Statehouse during the day include:
- The Senate passed a bill 27-1 on Thursday that raises the allowable alcohol content for beer on store shelves from 3.2 percent by weight to 4 percent.
- Lawmakers passed a resolution they hope will lead to Utah being one step closer to staying on the same time year round.
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- State lawmakers struck a deal to allow beer with slightly more alcohol content to be sold in Utah grocery and convenience stores while a work group studies the issue.
- Days after Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski filed a lawsuit challenging the state's creation of the Utah Inland Port Authority, the Legislature passed a bill that would allow the port to expand into rural areas of the state, sending it to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk.
- A final vote in the Utah Senate officially approved a bill that gives teeth to Utah's hate crime law, sending the bill to Gov. Gary Herbert, who is expected to sign it into law.