House panel OKs bill allowing restaurants to take down signs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah restaurant owners are one step closer to be able to take down state-mandated signs near their doors clarifying their establishments are not bars.

The Deseret News <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011424/utah-house-committee-endorses-bill-to-remove-this-is-a-restaurant-signs.html”>reports</a> a bill allowing for the removal of the signs sailed through a Utah House committee Monday.

The signs were part of a massive liquor-reform bill that legislators approved last year.

House Majority Leader Brad Wilson says he doesn’t “think they were making a difference.”

The Kaysville Republican says that weeks after a bill of that size goes into effect, lawmakers realize there are “a couple of things” they would have done differently.

Utah Restaurant Association executive director Melva Sine says the industry is “elated” with the proposed change.

The bill still requires bars to post signs saying people under 21 are not allowed in.

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Information from: Deseret News, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.deseretnews.com”>http://www.deseretnews.com</a>

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