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The 2019 Utah legislative session comes to an end Thursday at midnight.{ } (Photo: Larry D Curtis / KUTV)

The 2019 Utah legislative session comes to an end Thursday at midnight.

10:35 p.m. 2News sat down with Governor Gary Herbert to talk about his takeaways from the 2019 legislative session. Here's the live report from the Capitol just hours before the session was scheduled to end:

Jim Spiewak's full interview with Herbert can be viewed here:

Lawmakers work up to the last second to pass as many bills as possible. The governor has signed 13 bills already.

The State Capitol is filled with the public, including school children on what is expected to be the busiest day on the hill.

It's - coincidentally - Pi Day, March 14, or 3.14, which is the the first digits of Pi.

Some proposals being tackled Thursday the Associated Press reported include a potential agreement to allow more alcohol in beer, passing a ban on most abortions after 18 weeks and scaling back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

The biggest decision to come out of this year's session is the legislature's decision to postpone a tax overhaul bill sponsored by Tim Quinn, R-Heber City.

Despite that, the state's $19 billion budget was approved and awaits the governor's final signature.

4:48 p.m. - Utah's smoking age to rise to 21, unless you served in the military.

4:43 p.m. - Lawmakers ultimately say nay to $1.5 million for Orrin Hatch Center.

1:55 p.m. - The $1.5 M earmarked to start an Orrin Hatch building will not be funded. Big tax increase for vape products is up this afternoon.

In approximately 20 minutes. reporter Brian Mullahy will be live on Facebook on the final day of Utah's legislative session.

‘Motion Picture Post Performance Economic Development Incentive’ gets $1 million “one-time” money from Utah Legislature.

12:40 p.m. - It's lunch time for the House. It's also lunchtime for busloads of Utah's school kids who are visiting today.

The Senate is conducting a press briefing where reporter Brian Mullahy is now.

12:17 p.m. - The Utah Communication Authority Amendments have passed in the House.

12 Noon - The beer bill has passed the Senate that would increase the alcohol content to 4.0 percent.

2News Reporter Brian Mullahy said at noon on KUTV that one person told him The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost control of liquor laws in Utah.

The Church has not opposed the compromise bill raising grocery store beer to 4 percent from 3.2. It now heads to the governor's desk for a signature or veto.


11:45 a.m. - House voted to reconsider Senate Bill 154, Utah Communication Authority Amendments. It is said to be an investment in 911 services, especially for rural Utah, and said to be important to law enforcement.

Concerns about the bill are regarding a tax increase and the ACA funding. But several voices from the House floor say they have changed their minds on the bill.

10:45 a.m. - Connor Boyack, president of Libertas Institute, adorns marijuana leaf socks. Boyack was instrumental in writing Proposition 2 and the compromise bill that was agreed upon by lawmakers,

In other news, senators passed House Bill 223 that makes it a misdemeanor for installing a tracking device under certain circumstances without proper authorization on someone else's vehicle.

10:30 a.m. - Senate concurs with SB 248, which some say could lead the state to spend tens of millions on an ocean port for Utah coal.

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