Utah legislators meet in special session

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators are meeting in a special session to clarify some liquor law issues and push a resolution in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget. There will be six issues on the agenda for the Legislature when it meets Wednesday. Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem says the liquor law changes will clarify that liquor commissioners and employees of the state’s liquor agency cannot have direct conflicts of interest but only incidental conflicts, such as attending a church licensed to serve sacramental wine. Valentine says the ongoing liquor license shortage will not be addressed. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert previously signed a pledge urging Congress to cut costs, cap spending and balance the budget, and legislators passed a similar resolution earlier this year.

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