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"The time is right to look at all liquor legislation and form policies that address all needs and concerns," said Biesinger of Pentad Properties. "Without a comprehensive review, liquor laws will continue to be a problem."

But reform is far from imminent.

At a glance

How Utah compares

Although Utah lawmakers recently created 90 additional restaurant licenses, the state still has the lowest number of bar and eatery permits among liquor-control states.

Here’s the breakdown in the West for retail outlets per 1,000 adults age 21 and over, the legal age to imbibe:

Utah » .92

Idaho » 1.11

California » 1.65

Washington » 1.67

Oregon » 2.37

Wyoming » 3.13

Montana » 3.4

Source: National Alcohol Beverage Control Association

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Said Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville: "The sky isn’t falling. We’re right where we need to be. We’re a liquor-control state — and we will remain a control state."



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