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Senate panel OKs bill increasing penalties for game fowl fighting

A bill that would make cockfighting a class A misdemeanor passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
A bill that would make cockfighting a class A misdemeanor passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
Sergey Ponomarev, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would make cockfighting a class A misdemeanor passed a Senate committee Tuesday.

Under SB134, a second offense would be a third-degree felony. Bill sponsor Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, has unsuccessfully run the past two years.

Utah is the only Western state in which cockfighting is not a felony. The bill does not apply to raising game fowl for show.

The Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee approved the bill 3-1. It now moves to the Senate floor.

— Dennis Romboy