From bees to bison: Some legislative bills are just quirky

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Beekeeping

Two beekeeping bills went head to head during this year’s session, and neither came out a victor. HB115 would have eliminated the need for beekeepers to register their bees, and HB315, which dealt with the spacing between bee corporations, was held after many different testimonials and never heard from again.  (HB315, HB115)

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gives his annual State of the State Address in the House Chamber of the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Porn Epidemic

Utah’s lawmakers passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which will allow for more research, funding and support for pornography recovery programs in the state. (SCR9)

Raw Milk

Lawmakers passed a bill that allows a producer who sells raw milk at a self-owned store to also offer pasteurized milk for sale at the same location. (HB194)

Fencing of Bison

A bill passed amending duties of the state veterinarian and enacts provisions related to animal enclosures and fences. Fencing of bison was among the provisions that were laid out. (HB211)

Electric Bicycles

A bill that amends the definition of electric-assisted bicycles was passed by lawmakers. It also amends provisions relating to the operation of the electric assisted bicycle. (SB121)

Pawn Shop

A bill regarding pawn and secondhand businesses passed legislation. The bill discusses the disposition of property and defines what items can be considered in those businesses. (SB157)

Cosmetology Amendments

Lawmakers passed bill that amends a licensing act for barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians and nail technicians. It also lowers training hours and other requirements to obtain licenses. (HB352)

Electronic Drivers Licenses

Utah lawmakers approved a measure requiring the state to study and come up with recommendations for electronic drivers’ licenses. The failed bill would have allowed smart phone users to display their licenses on their phone screen. (HB227)

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