Church opposes plan to increase alcohol in Utah beer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The influential Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has come out against a proposal to allow more alcohol in Utah beer, a position that could hurt the state’s chances of joining most of the country in shedding low alcohol limits.

Church lobbyist Marty Stephens says in a statement the faith opposes the measure that would allow 50 percent increase in alcohol content so standard beers could be sold in grocery stores and on tap.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Jerry Stevenson tells reporters he’s not sure how it will affect ultimate chances for the measure that would increase alcohol limits from 3.2 to 4.8 percent.

The proposal unanimously passed a committee vote last week, though there was pushback from conservative groups as well as local microbreweries who say it favors large corporations.

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  • Tracey February 12, 2019 at 12:20 pm Reply

    If not passed all this means is that will drink two beers to get the alcohol and increase sales at the liqueur store. It does not stop people from drinking

  • Warren s Pugh February 12, 2019 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Yer right, but first only a few hardy folks wanted this
    “place”, and they turned it into a blossoming, productive
    and beautiful place so that your thirsty and enslaved
    pansies could get snockered. Don’t cry now. There’s
    plenty to drink out there. This is all about baiting the
    legislature, and unfortunately many of them would bite
    on a safety pin even if they didn’t drink. Come to stink
    of it, Beer is better for you than opioids.

  • Lisa Hall February 13, 2019 at 8:54 am Reply

    Separation of church and state. What happened to that?

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