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The immigration measures approved by both chambers Friday night would allow illegal immigrants to get a permit to work in Utah. But they also include a requirement that police check the immigrant status of anyone stopped for a felony or serious misdemeanor.

Supporters say the entire package balances economic needs and compassion, while opponents argue it will likely encourage more illegal immigration.

Lawmakers initially balked at the enforcement measure, HB 497, because of what some viewed as a likely backlash. But sponsor Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, Orem Republican, garnered enough support for passage after amending it to focus on more serious crimes.

The Arizona law approved last year drew nationwide controversy over provisions requiring police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if they have reasonable suspicion they’re here illegally. That aspect of the law was put on hold by a federal judge.

WHITE HOUSE

Eggs will roll in late April

“Get Up and Go!” The White House says that’s the theme of this year’s Easter Egg Roll, set for Monday, April 25.

The event will feature music, sports, cooking stations, story times and the rolling of hard-boiled eggs on the South Lawn. The activities are designed to complement first lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign against childhood obesity by promoting health and wellness.

Free tickets will be distributed by online lottery. Sign-up begins next Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time and closes March 13th at 11:59 p.m. The annual event is open to children ages 12 and younger and their families.

The tradition of rolling Easter eggs across the White House lawn dates to 1878.

From wire dispatches and staff reports