Bill would ban daily drink specials

Under a new proposed liquor law, bars and restaurants would no longer be able to offer daily drink specials. Utah law already prohibits happy-hour specials, but the new measure would ban other drink specials. The bill cleared both the House and the Senate.

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said the bill is designed to make people eat when they drink and stop people from over consuming.

“This bill is designed, in part, to stop overconsumption of alcohol,” Valentine said.

The bill would make a variety of other changes to the Utah liquor laws including the following:

  • Drinks can be purchased by the glass in hotels from room service.
  • It would add 40 new restaurant liquor licenses. There would be 15 full-service licenses and 25 beer and wine licenses.
  • It would create a new and unlimited amount of beer-only restaurant licenses.
  • It bans the sale of mini-kegs, or “Chubbies.” Alcoholic beverages could not be sold in containers larger than 2 liters.
  • The bill prohibits events from selling or furnishing an indefinite or unlimited number of alcoholic drinks for a fixed price. This essentially kills the current functioning of the City Weekly Beer Fest.
  • Gives the governor the responsibility of appointing the chair of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
  • Increases the number of officers to enforce drunken driving laws.

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