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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.
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
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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