Senate tentatively passes Utah liquor law changes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s liquor commission could increase by two members and the governor will have direct oversight of operations under a bill being considered by senators.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.Valentine says the state auditor will review DABC finances annually.The Senate could give a final vote on the bill later this week after some minor details are resolved.House Bill 354, a companion bill that will change how revenues from the 86 percent mark-up on liquor are collected by the state, is currently waiting for a vote in the House.

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