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Utah Lawmakers continued discussions Wednesday about possibly changing a new law that lowers the legal limit to .05 blood alcohol content.

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Utah is the first state in the country to lower the blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05, so state lawmakers are wading into uncharted territory.

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Utah has the lowest DUI limit in the nation now that Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law making it .05 percent. But Herbert also signed two other bills this week dealing with DUI penalties.  

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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that will lower Utah’s blood alcohol limit for driving from .08 to .05, making it the strictest in the nation.

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Governor Gary Herbert has signed dozens of bills into law this week. Among them is the so-called “No Promo Homo” bill that could resolve a lawsuit between Equality Utah and the state. It removes language prohibiting teachers from advocating for homosexuality. 

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Utah may become the first state in the country to have a legal blood alcohol limit of .05 after the state legislature passed a bill to lower it from the current .08. But members of the restaurant community are trying to get Gov. Gary Herbert to veto the bill.

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Senators cleared the way Wednesday for Utah to become the toughest state in the nation when it comes to driving under the influence. They passed a bill, HB155, to lower the state’s blood-alcohol limit to .05 -- the lowest DUI threshold in the nation.

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A state senate committee passed a bill Monday that would impose mandatory jail time for repeat DUI offenders.