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Herbert signs bills for Fairpark arena funds, tougher drone law

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Governor Gary R. Herbert talks with media outside the Governor's mansion in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Governor Gary R. Herbert talks with media outside the Governor’s mansion in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed all eight bills the Utah Legislature passed in a special session last week, including funding for a stadium at the state fairgrounds.

The state Division of Facilities Construction and Management will immediately begin work on a new 10,000-seat arena at the Utah State Fairpark to be completed by July 2017. Lawmakers approved $10 million for the project, while Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City and private donations will make up the rest of the $17 million price tag.

Herbert also signed a bill to toughen penalties for operating drones over wildfires and allow law enforcement to "neutralize" drones in certain cases. Officials said the law was needed because drones have interfered with fire suppression efforts multiple times this summer.

Another bill the governor signed that gives tax breaks to data centers could help lure a Facebook data center to Utah.

The other five measures tweaked legislation that lawmakers had previously approved.