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.

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?

We'd really rather be fishing (Webb), or sipping a cool libation (Pignanelli), than pontificating about politics. But duty calls (along with demanding editors), so we... Read more »

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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