Utah Liberalizes Some Liquor Laws
Utah is well known for its quirky liquor laws. But our state just took a step toward normal, when in a special legislative session lawmakers voted to boosting the number of liquor licenses by 90. They approved 50 new licenses for full-service restaurants and 40 for wine-and-beer-only establishments.
A common misconception says Utah is a "dry" state - that there is no place to get a drink. That has never been the case. The State does control the sale of liquor. A few years ago the Legislature overhauled our liquor laws and made them more "normal." Now they have significantly increased availability.
Liquor laws are often the subject of intense debate in Utah. This law, however, had wide support, in part because it also provided funding for increased efforts to combat underage drinking and more patrols to battle drunk driving.
Our newspapers all carried stories about the new laws.