Senate panel passes Utah liquor law changes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s liquor commission will increase by two members and the governor will have direct oversight of operations under a bill moving to the Senate floor.Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem says Senate Bill 66 will increase the current five-member liquor commission to seven.Valentine says the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control director will be appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Currently, the commission appoints the director.The Senate Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee passed the bill unanimously Monday.Also scheduled for a committee hearing Monday afternoon is House Bill 354.Republican sponsor of HB 354 Rep. Ryan Wilcox of Ogden says revenue from the 86 percent mark-up on alcohol will be collected by the Tax Commission instead of the DABC.

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