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Among the Associated Press’ roundup of consumer-oriented laws going into effect next year, Utah’s decision to ban bars from hosting drink specials – essentially, happy hour – seemed too extreme to be true. Too bad it’s for real, especially since alcohol prices will continue to rise in the new year.
It’s not a huge surprise for the state, which has historically been one of the driest in the nation.
Utah currently bans liquor stores from stocking any beer over 3.2 per cent alcohol content and used to make people sign up for “memberships” to bars that sold beer over 4 per cent.
It’s also one of only 13 states – others include North Carolina, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Texas – that still ban Sunday liquor sales.
States like Georgia allowed individual counties this year to decide whether to lift its Sunday sale ban. The city of Savannah voted it out in November.
Utah’s new law, which Gov. Gary Herbert signed last March, will go into full effect in July.
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