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.

Utah lawmakers vote to add 90 new restaurant liquor licenses

Lawmakers voted in a special session of the Legislature to add new restaurant liquor licenses and strengthen the state's efforts to curb both underage drinking and... Read more »

June 20, 2012


Special session to increase liquor licenses may just be a start

Gov. Gary Herbert is asking Utah legislators to address six issues, including an increase in available liquor licenses, during a special session Wednesday. Read more »

June 19, 2012


Work under way to increase liquor licenses without increasing negative impacts of alcohol

The chairman of the Legislature's Business and Labor Interim Committee said Wednesday he's working on a way to increase the number of restaurant liquor licenses... Read more »

May 16, 2012


Salt Lake City considers loosening liquor laws, expanding area where bars can locate

Oscar and Judith McConkie live about two blocks away from the corner of 2100 East and 1300 South. Four of the couple's eight children reside within walking distance of... Read more »

May 6, 2012


Renewed challenge to Utah liquor laws no longer mentions LDS Church

The Utah Hospitality Association claimed LDS Church representatives warned lawmakers there would be repercussions if they did not approve SB314 during the 2011... Read more »

April 17, 2012


1905 survey of NC-SC line fueled by prohibition

Surveyors re-drawing the North Carolina-South Carolina state line south of Rockingham, N.C., thought they only had a survey done more than 240 years ago to base their... Read more »

April 6, 2012


Judge dismisses challenge to Utah liquor laws but leaves room for revised lawsuit

A federal judge unexpectedly dismissed a lawsuit Monday aimed at overturning recent changes to Utah liquor laws but left the door open for future litigation. Read more »

March 26, 2012


Mormon church, state and alcohol laws to mix in federal courtroom

A federal judge will hear arguments Monday over a lawsuit challenging changes to Utah liquor laws that the Utah Hospitality Association says were made under pressure... Read more »

March 25, 2012


Utah Legislature's session quiet as final days near

A relatively quiet legislative session is set to wrap up this week with — so far — few of the rancorous, heated debates and protests that marked previous... Read more »

March 4, 2012

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Conn. moves closer to Sunday alcohol sales

Connecticut moved closer Tuesday to allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays, a step that would bring it in line with neighboring states by ending a ban that dates to... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2012


Toast the drinking commissioner

Utah's never-ending battle between drinkers (tastes great!) and nondrinkers (less fulfilling!) has led to enough laws and rules to rival the IRS, the NCAA and possibly... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2012


Utah House committee says yes, no and maybe to three liquor bills

Land developers and real estate brokers urged a House committee Tuesday to consider proposed changes to Utah liquor laws that would foster economic development. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2012


Presidential spotlight shines on a suffering Nevada

LAS VEGAS — In Nevada, people could once buy homes and feed their families with money earned from free-spending tourists who flocked to Sin City for relaxed... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2012


Closely regulate liquor

There has been much talk about deregulating liquor, making it available in the grocery stores and more accessible to whomever wishes to buy it. The harder it is to... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2012


Proposed changes to Utah liquor laws drawing many voices

Poised to make changes to Utah's liquor laws, state lawmakers have more than the usual voices to steer their decisions. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2012


'Here we go again'; Utah Legislature now in session

With the pleasantries out of the way, state lawmakers will get down to business starting Tuesday. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2012


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