Thank you Mr. Chair, and good afternoon, Representatives. Stan Rasmussen representing Sutherland Institute to present our perspective on this bill.
You have heard today, or will hear, that HB 285 is needed for the development of private businesses that sell alcohol, also known as “economic development.” Clearly this is of interest to those who profit from liquor sales, but it has nothing to do with the goals of alcohol policy in Utah, as spelled out in Utah Code section 32B-1-103.
This is one reason we encourage you to oppose HB 285. If businesses that profit off of alcohol desire that economic development be a primary goal of alcohol policy, then we recommend they pursue for legislation amending section 32B-1-103 to that end so we can have an honest and candid debate about alcohol policy in Utah, instead of promoting legislation that undermines Utah alcohol policy the explicit purpose of which is to limit the social harms created by alcohol sales and consumption.
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