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.

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


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


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