The firing squad is now an option for inmates who have been sentenced to death. (I’m not a big fan of the death penalty, though I understand why most Utah residents are and I can surely see that some criminals deserve it. But this law points out one of the things I don’t like about the death penalty—someone has to be the on assigned to administer the lethal injections, or several someones have to pull the trigger, and I think that’s too much to ask of them. )
Failure to wear a seat belt is now a primary offense. (I am notorious for not wearing mine, but I’m going to start.)
Another big ticket item is the new anti-discrimination law for housing. (I’m sure there will be unforeseen complications from this law that will require some revisions. My opinion is that if you own a piece of property, or a business, you should be able to decide without restriction who is allowed on your property or the people with whom you do business. )
Here’s a strange one: a county clerk doesn’t have to issue a same sex marriage license if he doesn’t want to. As long as there is a clerk in the office who will.
Lots traffic offenses were reduced in severity—from class c misdemeanors to infractions, from class b misdemeanors to class c misdemeanors, etc. (I wonder at this—will these offenses now have less an impact on insurance rates? Will the courts impose lower fines? )
Most first time drug possession charges are now Class A misdemeanors. This is a huge change. However, if someone possesses in a drug free zone, the possession can be increased to a Third Degree Felony. Drug Free Zones have been made smaller, which will make it less frequent for possession charges to be enhanced.