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.

Bill would remove 'Zion curtain' in Utah restaurants that serve alcohol

A state lawmaker who wants to tear down the so-called "Zion curtain" in Utah restaurants says there's nothing to show that separating the pouring of alcoholic drinks... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2013


Senate clears path for restaurant chains to get liquor licenses

Restaurants that serve alcohol would not have to wait for a state liquor license to become available in order to open more locations under a bill the Senate approved... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2013


Utah trooper faces lawsuit for making bogus DUI arrests

During her 10 years as a Utah state trooper, Lisa Steed built a reputation as an officer with a knack for nabbing drunken motorists in a state with a long tradition of... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2013


Legislative session is a boiling cauldron of conjecture

With so many big issues, so little time, and so many politicos — all concentrated in such a small area — a legislative session is always a boiling cauldron... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2013


We predict the political haze isn't going anywhere

The new year has started out cold, murky and depressing. And that's just on the political front. As political forecasters, we predict the haze isn't going away any... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2013


Proposed new Utah liquor license may attract national chains

Restaurant chains with alcohol on the menu that are looking to expand could do so with one liquor license under a bill drafted by Sen. John Valentine. The Orem... Read more »

Nov. 13, 2012


Ski Utah 'not concerned' about marijuana legalization in Colorado

The legalization of marijuana by voters in Colorado created a brief buzz Wednesday among the people who promote The Greatest Snow on Earth. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012


Lax enforcement, actions of few at fault, not Utah's liquor laws

Once again, a legislative audit has cast a cloud over the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Read more »

Sept. 19, 2012


Alcohol ordinance vote tonight but party already planned

A proposal allowing neighborhood bars in Utah's capital city will come to a vote Tuesday night, and at least one city councilman is so confident it will pass that he... Read more »

Sept. 18, 2012


The winners and the losers

Winner: If Utah firefighter and paramedic Peter Thorpe has his way, no one will ever suffer a house fire again for the mistake of leaving food on the stove or in the oven Read more »

Sept. 8, 2012


Summit confirms Utah's liquor laws working, Senate leaders say

A summit on alcohol policy Thursday featuring national experts on the issue affirmed for some influential state lawmakers that Utah's restrictive liquor laws work. And... Read more »

Sept. 6, 2012


Lawsuit challenging Utah liquor laws dismissed

A lawsuit challenging changes to Utah's liquor laws has been settled. Read more »

Aug. 29, 2012


Salt Lake council discusses size, hours of proposed neighborhood bars

A proposal by Mayor Ralph Becker to allow neighborhood bars in Salt Lake City inched closer to reality Tuesday. Read more »

Aug. 21, 2012

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SLC leaders propose alternative to mayor's neighborhood bar plan

The way Charlie Luke sees it, there are areas of the city where bars are appropriate, and neighborhoods aren't among them. Read more »

Aug. 20, 2012

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What will Utah's 2013 legislative session look like?

A number of very conservative state legislators sought other offices, retired or were defeated in convention and primary elections this year. We explore the... Read more »

Aug. 5, 2012


S.L. City Council agrees to take another look at neighborhood bars with restrictions in place

City leaders have agreed to explore the possibility of expanding the area where businesses can serve alcohol, but not in areas near neighborhoods. Read more »

July 17, 2012


Done right, a convention center hotel will benefit the Utah economy

A new convention center hotel built by private investors could enhance Utah's tourism industry. Read more »

June 26, 2012


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