After years of legislative fights, the Senate gave final passage Wednesday to a bill that imposes tougher penalties on cockfighting.
The Senate voted 17-7 to pass SB134, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
The bill would make cockfighting a felony, but only on the third offense. Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, had sought to allow charging a felony on the first offense, but the House watered it down.
"It's been a long time coming," Davis said about the bill passing, adding he was tempted to celebrate by doing the chicken dance on the Senate floor.