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The Utah Jazz won two blowouts Thursday in the Utah Legislature.
HB214, which would create special Utah Jazz license plates to raise money for charities, slam-dunked its way through both chambers, 57-12 in the House and 25-0 in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
The plates would cost vehicle owners who requested them an extra $25, with money going to a restricted fund to be distributed to charities that help women and children. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, the bill's sponsor, said he has heard many people wish the state had a Jazz license plate.
The votes came as team executives, including Jazz President Randy Rigby, were invited to watch on the floor of each chamber. The House and Senate heard different excuses why the Jazz Bear did not also visit.
Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said the Bear was injured last night "so he is visiting the vet." Ray told the House the Bear decided to skip the event because he heard that Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, a gun enthusiast, would be there.