Utah legislative session ending after beer, Medicaid deals


    Utah lawmakers are winding down their annual session after reaching a deal to allow more alcohol in beer, passing a ban on most abortions after 18 weeks and scaling back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion. (Photo: KUTV)

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are winding down their annual session after reaching a deal to allow more alcohol in beer, passing a ban on most abortions after 18 weeks and scaling back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

    Other failed to pass, including a ban on LGBT conversion therapy. The legislative session ends Thursday.

    Lawmakers also decided to postpone action on sweeping tax reform, although they wrote fail-safes into the state's $19 billion budget to ensure that action happens later this year.

    Utah lawmakers are winding down their annual session after reaching a deal to allow more alcohol in beer, passing a ban on most abortions after 18 weeks and scaling back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion. (Photo: KUTV)

    Some of the actions sparked protest, such as the move to shrink Medicaid expansion and the failure of the conversion-therapy ban.

    Lawmakers say the Medicaid decisions were essential to controlling long-term costs, but on conversion therapy they vowed to continue the conversation.



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