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Buying and Selling Liquor Licenses in Utah

Utah’s Transfer of Retail License Act (the “Act”), which becomes effective today, permits the transfer and sale of retail liquor licenses by current retail license holders. Although enacted in 2011, the legislature previously delayed implementing the Act in response to concerns that the creation of a private market for retail licenses would drive up prices … Continue Reading

Audit Supports More Liquor Permits for Utah

A recent legislative audit made several strong recommendations for reforming Utah’s liquor  laws, in particular the quota system for granting alcohol permits. The audit echoes reports that the current shortage of alcohol permits is stifling economic development and does not reflect the state’s changing population. Utah is in the small minority of control states that grant liquor … Continue Reading

More Liquor Permits Possible for Utah

Senator John Valentine (R – Orem) has announced that he intends to introduce a bill in the next Utah legislative session that would establish a property right in liquor permits, allowing restaurants with current liquor permits to sell them. Use of any purchased permit would be conditioned upon approval by the state liquor-control board. The … Continue Reading

Possible Privatization of Utah Liquor Stores

The sixteen-member Utah Privatization Policy Board was created by the legislature to determine what services currently provided by the state can be privatized. State liquor stores are one of many state functions that the Board is examining.  Utah is one of 18 states, and two Maryland counties, that currently use a state run retail system, commonly … Continue Reading
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