During a special session on Wednesday the Utah legislature authorized 90 new liquor licenses allowing restaurants to sell alcohol. The vote was 26 to 1 in the Senate and the House vote was 57 to 10.
One of those 10 lawmakers voting agaist the bill was State Representative Jack Draxler, R-District 3. On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Draxler called in and said he feels there will be conseqences for making alcohol more available.
“There’s been some underage drinking in restaurants. We have documented that,” Draxler said. “I’m not saying because of that there should be no restaurants that serve alcohol. I’m saying let’s not let that be the driving policy and leave behind this balance that we’ve had in this state for many, many years that has served us very well.”
Draxler also told KVNU that the purpose of Utah’s alcohol policy should not be to attract restaurants to the state and the legislature may be losing sight of the dangers of alcohol.