Utah State Capitol STK

The Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, photographed on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. 

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that calls for Utah's required, semesterlong high school financial and economic literacy course to include units on socialism and communism has won final passage in the state Senate.

The Deseret News reports the bill passed Friday after its Senate floor sponsor, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said the state needs to teach students about political and economic systems that have repeatedly failed.

The bill's House floor sponsor, Rep. Jefferson Moss, R-Saratoga Springs, says it is critical that Utah students have a better understanding of various economic systems.

Moss thanks Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who in his State of the State address in January, said he wants Utah students to better understand free market economics.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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