SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate passed a bill Monday clarifying the sale of alcohol through drive-up windows.
A Senate committee last week approved a bill that would have prevented all drive-thru alcohol sales. But sponsor Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, made clear in an amended version of SB250 that stores may continue to sell 3.2 percent beer in cans or sealed packages through drive-up service as some cities allow.
"You can't sell a glass of wine through a drive-in window, you can't sell a glass of beer through a drive-in window, and you can't sell a prepared drink," Stevenson said. Utah law prohibits open containers in vehicles.
Five Utah Starbucks, which sells coffee through drive-up windows, recently obtained a state liquor license to sell beer and wine along with food for the "Starbucks Evenings" dining program. Starbucks must comply with the same regulations that restaurants that offer alcohol follow.
SB250 now moves the House.