SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A bill requiring local governments to spend more beer tax revenue on alcohol abuse prevention is advancing at the Legislature.
Counties and cities receive 40 percent of Utah’s beer tax revenue to spend on alcohol enforcement, treatment and prevention of abuse, among other related programs.
Rep. Jack Draxler’s bill requires cities and towns to spend at least 10 percent of the money they receive toward prevention.
The North Logan Republican says only about 4 percent is spent on prevention now.
He says extra emphasis on preventing alcohol abuse will pay off in the long run.
Draxler originally sought to increase the beer tax but abandoned the idea after his fellow lawmakers and others opposed the idea last year.
A House committee approved his bill 11-4 Tuesday afternoon. It advances to the full House.
HB 40: http://1.usa.gov/1kOEDuX