Liquor laws

An assistant manager arranges the alcohol at a State liquor store in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The 2014 Utah legislative session would not be the first in which Utah lawmakers wrestle with proposed changes to laws governing the sale and serving of alcoholic beverages. This year, bills may emerge challenging the partitions establishments must erect between customers and preparers, nicknamed the "Zion curtain" by detractors.

Deseret News coverage from the 2014 legislative session will track bills affecting Utah's liquor laws as part of our effort to focus on issues that matter to Utah families.

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Utah lawmakers stand pat on liquor laws

State lawmakers stood pat on liquor laws this year, though there was some talk of removing the so-called Zion Curtain in Utah restaurants. Read more »

March 15, 2014


House panel gives cool reception to bill increasing dining club liquor licenses

A proposal to make more liquor licenses available for dining clubs received a cool reception from a Utah House committee on Friday. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2014


House passes bill directing local beer tax revenues to prevention programs

The House passed a bill Thursday requiring local governments to spend at least 10 percent of beer tax revenues on programs intended to prevent underage and binge... Read more »

Feb. 6, 2014


Lawmaker says report on Utah liquor laws overdue

The sponsor of a controversial bill to remove barriers intended to prevent restaurant customers from seeing alcoholic drinks being prepared said Monday a new state... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2014


Public health and alcohol: Expert calls Utah 'envy of the nation'

Utah has the lowest number of alcohol-related traffic deaths per capita in the country, the lowest prevalence of binge drinking among those 18 and older in the... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2014


Is it time to talk gas tax? Legislature kicks off Monday

When the 2014 Legislature begins meeting Monday, lawmakers will face a pressure familiar to Utah families, trying to make sure there's enough money to keep up with... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2014


Issues that matter to Utah families

Legislative issues that matter to Utah families. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2014


Utah's 2014 legislative session

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Jan. 26, 2014


Letter: Liquor laws

I currently live in St. George, Utah, and in order to get alcohol late at night I choose to drive to Mesquite just 40 minutes away. This is obviously taking away tax... Read more »

Nov. 5, 2013


Lawmakers hear proposals for, against lowering blood-alcohol driving limit

A Washington D.C.-based advocacy group is challenging a proposal being made to state legislators to lower the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in Utah. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2013


Wine advocates give Utah lowest marks

Utah ranks dead-last on a list of wine-friendly states for its government controls and Byzantine liquor laws. Read more »

Aug. 24, 2013


Leaders debate reality, perception of Utah liquor laws

A tug-of-war over Utah's liquor laws is brewing between those calling for fewer restrictions as a way to attract new business and those demanding tighter reins to... Read more »

Aug. 4, 2013


Does it make sense for the House to investigate Swallow?

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July 21, 2013


Valentine: Too soon to say whether blood alcohol limit should be lowered

Sen. John Valentine, the legislator behind most of the recent changes to Utah's liquor laws, said Wednesday it's too soon to say whether he will sponsor a bill next... Read more »

May 15, 2013

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Nothing silly about Utah's liquor laws

Utah is known nationwide for its strict liquor laws, and these policies drive a lot of debate. A recent article by Paul Mero titled, “Nothing silly of... Read more »

April 20, 2013


House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart reflects on 2013 legislative session (+video)

Utah Speaker of the House, Rebecca Lockhart, sits down with ULCT's Susan Wood to discuss the recently adjourned 2013 legislative session Read more »

March 18, 2013


House, Senate lock horns over liquor laws, but 'Zion curtain' stays

Utah House members expressed frustration Thursday over the Senate driving alcohol policy in the state, particularly its resistance to taking down the so-called "Zion... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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Idaho panel holds bill to relax resort town liquor

Restaurant owners in the eastern Idaho resort burg of Driggs and the state's other tourist towns will have to wait a little longer for any changes in the law to make... Read more »

March 8, 2013


Big fines proposed to curb underage drinking trend in Utah restaurants

Bill SB261 proposes to stiffen the penalties for restaurants caught serving alcohol to minors. A first offense would result in a minimum mandatory $2,500 fine, a... Read more »

March 8, 2013


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