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Utah in line to get more tobacco settlement money

On the second to last day of the 2018 Utah legislature work continues at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
FIL E- On the second to last day of the 2018 Utah legislature work continues at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah appears to be in line to receive millions of more dollars from a revision to the longstanding settlement with Big Tobacco.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday approving an update to the 20-year-old agreement with cigarette makers. It now goes to the House.

In April, the state will receive its regular $28 million annual payment plus another $28 million, according to SJR19. From 2018 and 2027 the state will receive "substantial" additional payments totaling about $298 million.

Utah was among 46 states in November 1998 that entered into a master settlement agreement with tobacco companies to end a lawsuit over health care costs related to smoking.