legislature OKs 90 new liquor licenses

Wednesday , June 20, 2012 - 5:55 PM

Paul Foy

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Legislature has authorized 90 new licenses allowing restaurants to sell alcohol.

The same measure approved by lawmakers Wednesday beefs up enforcement of Utah’s alcohol rules inside restaurants and adds DUI patrols on state roadways.

The Utah House of Representatives and Senate also plugged a $25 million gap in funding for public schools that was caused by a clerical error.

Those were the two main items on Gov. Gary Herbert’s agenda for a special legislative session.

Herbert and lawmakers say Utah’s lack of restaurant license was hindering business growth. Regulators say restaurants have claimed all of Utah’s 918 alcohol licenses, leaving none for new establishments.

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