A bill that would change the definition of polygamy and increases the penalties for it in some circumstances passed the Utah Legislature in the session's final minutes.
The bill never received a hearing in the Senate, but it was brought to the Senate floor for a vote and passed 15-14. It will go to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature or veto.
HB99 would add criteria for being prosecuted for bigamy: The offender would have to live with the extra spouse and "purport" to be married. State law requires only one or the other.