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More beer money could go to alcohol, substance abuse
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More proceeds from the sale of beer could go to alcohol-and-substance-abuse prevention measures under a bill that passed the Utah House on Thursday.

Rep. Jack Draxler's HB40 would require that counties and municipalities that get money from the proceeds of beer sales spend at least 10 percent of the money on alcohol-and-substance-abuse prevention.

Currently, there is no minimum requirement and the prevention programs are only focused on alcohol abuse. Draxler called it a blind spot in the program.

A few opponents, like Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, said local governments should decide how they want to spend those proceeds. "This is simply an overreach by our government," he said.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 64-6 and goes to the Senate for consideration.

— Robert Gehrke

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