Testimony by Paul Mero before the Business and Labor Interim Committee on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Mr. Chairman and members of the committee,
State liquor policy has been consistent for decades. Utah is a control state. Our policy is to “reasonably satisfy the public demand” for alcoholic products and “protect the public interest.” The law even includes a provision about “the rights of citizens who do not wish to be involved with alcoholic products” (language justifying what has become known as the “Zion curtain”). …
Every five years or so, this Legislature should revisit state liquor policy instead of allowing special interests to passive aggressively chip away at it session by session. You either believe that there is a government role in protecting the public interest or you don’t.
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