Anti-graffiti bill tentatively passes Utah Senate

Wednesday , February 01, 2012 - 3:42 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah senators are giving tentative approval to an anti-graffiti measure that prompted a hacker attack on the Salt Lake City Police Department's site.

The site remained down Wednesday after authorities say hackers affiliated with the group "Anonymous" attacked it a day earlier because of their opposition to the bill.

Democratic Sen. Karen Mayne of West Valley City says the law would bar the possession of any instrument, tool or device with the intent of vandalizing an area with graffiti.

Mayne says people wouldn't be prohibited from carrying things such as spray paint, but they would need a legitimate reason.

Senate Bill 107 passed 20-7, but many Republican senators may ultimately vote against it because of concerns about charging people with crimes they haven't committed. A final vote is expected Thursday.

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