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* The House of Representatives defeated a bill Tuesday that would have prohibited young drivers from talking on a cellular phone while they were driving. “The whole purpose behind this is to give these young people a chance to get to adulthood,” said Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper. SB45 would have made it a violation for someone under the age of 18 to use a cell phone while driving, unless the driver was reporting an emergency, criminal activity or communicating with a parent or guardian.

* A bill that would ensure Utah students learn the U.S. is a compound constitutional republic — not a democracy — has passed both Houses of the Legislature and is now headed to the governor for his signature.

HB220 would require schools to teach students that the U.S. is a compound constitutional republic and about other forms of government such as pure democracy, monarchy and oligarchy along with political philosophies and economic systems such as socialism, individualism and free-market capitalism. The Senate passed the bill with no dissenting votes Monday.

The House voted Tuesday to allow the state to impose a one-year moratorium on the creation of a historic district in the Yalecrest neighborhood of east Salt Lake City.

Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, carried substitute SB243 for Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and said it was an important bill to allow homeowners to exercise their property rights rather than being shackled by tight restrictions imposed by a historic district.