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Utah governor signs bill setting Aug. 1 deadline for prison relocation recommendation

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that gives a state commission until late summer to suggest where a state prison may be rebuilt.

The bill approved by the Republican governor late Wednesday allows Herbert and lawmakers to then weigh in on the decision during a special legislative session.

Under the law, a state commission has until Aug. 1 to find a new location.

Herbert will then call lawmakers into a special session to consider it.

Utah officials want to relocate the current 700-acre prison in Draper to build a modern prison and to free up the land for development.

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