SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's liquor commission will increase by two members and profits from booze sales will go directly into state coffers under changes unveiled Wednesday by lawmakers.
Republican Rep. Ryan Wilcox of Ogden says focusing on profits distracted managers of the state's liquor agency from its primary purpose, which is controlling distribution of alcohol in the state.
Wilcox says revenue from the 86 percent mark-up on liquor, beer and wine will be collected by the Tax Commission and deposited in the state's general fund. Profits are currently collected by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem says the current five-member liquor commission will increase to seven.
Velntine says the DABC director will be appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Currently, the commission appoints the director.