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House approves sexual assault bill without debate

A bill clarifying the definition of sexual assault that was the subject of controversial comments by a lawmaker passed the House 75-0 Tuesday without debate.
A bill clarifying the definition of sexual assault that was the subject of controversial comments by a lawmaker passed the House 75-0 Tuesday without debate.
Jordan Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill clarifying the definition of sexual assault that was the subject of controversial comments by a lawmaker passed the House 75-0 Tuesday without debate.

HB74, sponsored by Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, is intended to clarify the definition of "without consent of the victim" regarding sexual offenses. Romero said the bill protects those who are vulnerable.

Last week, Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, apologized after asking in a committee hearing on the bill whether having sex with an unconscious spouse would be rape. His comments were criticized around the country on social media.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

— Lisa Riley Roche

Email: lisa@deseretnews.com

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