Senate tentatively passes Utah liquor law changes

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:23 AM
Senate tentatively passes Utah liquor law changes

Utah's liquor commission could increase by two members and the governor will have direct oversight of operations under a bill being considered by senators.

Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem says Senate Bill 66 will increase the current five-member liquor commission to seven.

Valentine says the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control director will be appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Currently, the commission appoints the director.

Valentine says the state auditor will conduct an annual review of the DABC finances.

The bill could receive final approval from the Senate Wednesday after tentatively passing Tuesday.

House Bill 354, a companion bill that will change how revenues from the 86 percent mark-up on liquor are collected by the state, is currently waiting for a vote in the House.