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Bill would prohibit Utah liquor stores from selling to 'alcohol-restricted' people

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FILE- In this June 30, 2017, file photo, a worker at a state liquor store changes prices on wine, liquor and beer in Salt Lake City. In Mormon dominated Utah where alcohol is frowned upon, liquor sales keep climbing each year. The two-decade rise is likely fueled by a steady influx of new out-of-state residents drawn for jobs and a thriving tourism sector driven by snow-capped mountains and red-rock national parks. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

A new bill proposed at the state Capitol would require the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) to create an "Alcohol-Restricted Individual Program."

House Bill 325, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason (R - District 45), would make it illegal for state liquor stores to sell alcohol to people enrolled in the program.

People can voluntarily enter the program or be court-ordered to enroll.

People who voluntarily enroll can cancel their enrollment at any time by giving three days' notice to the DABC.

Liquor stores would scan driver's licenses which would alert them if the person was alcohol-restricted.

The bill states:

The department may not: disclose any information related to an individual currently or previously enrolled in the program, or retain any information related to an individual previously enrolled in the program.



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