Utah Legislators Hear Testimony on Liquor Licensing

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Stoel Rives attorney Catherine Parrish Lake recently testified before the Utah legislature regarding the state's liquor license quotas. Lawmakers are now holding a special session to increase some types of liquor licenses to meet demand and to delay the sale of existing licenses on the open market.

Catherine discussed the impact the licensing shortfall is having on Utah restaurants. Catherine notes restaurants also must overcome laws that lump them in a category where they must compete with bars for available licenses, which is not to be addressed in the special session.

Catherine's testimony was discussed in local Utah publications and on television. Click on the links below to read more.

"Legislators look to untangle Utah liquor license shortage," The Salt Lake Tribune, May 16, 2012

"Work under way to increase liquor licenses without increasing negative impacts of alcohol," Deseret News, May 16, 2012

"Legislators may take up liquor license shortage in special session," aired May 16, 2012 on ABC4 Salt Lake City

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