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Hate crimes, marriage and guns among new Utah laws in effect

May 14, 2019
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert holds up S.B. 103, Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements, after signing it into law in a public ceremony marking the moment Utah's comprehensive bill to prevent hate crimes became law at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda, in Salt Lake City. Lawmakers passed 574 bills this year, setting a record, and most of those new laws will go into effect on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 60 days after the end of the short legislative session. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Starting Tuesday, people convicted of hate crimes can be subject to harsher punishment, 15-year-olds can no longer be married and the state’s “stand your ground” law will get stronger.

Lawmakers passed 574 bills this year, setting a record, and most of those new laws will go into effect on Tuesday, 60 days after the end of the short legislative session.

Some closely watched changes aren’t in effect yet. A measure allowing grocery stores to sell higher-alcohol beer will start in November. Lawmakers also passed a ban on most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, but it’s on hold as a court challenge plays out.