What limitations, if any, should be put on the number of places where liquor may be sold and consumed in Utah?
Should state controls be placed on beer? If so, what controls?Should any restrictions be placed on the advertising of liquor, wine and beer?
Should Utah law be amended to allow passengers traveling in any licensed limousine or chartered bus to consume their own liquor?
Should the law be amended to permit liquor licenses for lounges located in commercial passenger airline terminals in Salt Lake City?
These are among the questions
being raised by the new Alcoholic Beverage Review Task Force, which is soliciting answers from Utah individuals and organizations to help it recommend possible liquor law changes to the 1990 Legislature. The task force would like to receive written comments by May 3 so they can be discussed at a meeting on May 10. The address:
P.O. Box 30408
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
Such questions should be reasonably easy to answer if Utahns keep in mind the general principles on which this state's liquor laws have long been based. Those principles, briefly, are:
- Alcoholic beverages should be state controlled.
- There should be no private profit-making from liquor.
- Public profits from the sale of liquor should be used to promote the general welfare.
- Alcoholic beverages should be reasonably available to those desiring them in a manner that is not intrusive or offensive to the non-drinking public.
- The dispensing and control of alcoholic beverages should be done in a manner that is not intrusive or offensive to non-drinkers and in a way that facilitates moderate consumption and discourages over-indulgence.
- The dram shop liability should be retained.
- Minors should not be involved in serving alcoholic beverages.
As this page noted last Sunday, these principles reflect a commitment to a pluralistic society that includes both drinkers and non-drinkers. These principles have served Utah well and should be retained.