Senate panel approves liquor sales on Election Day

Senate panel approves liquor sales on Election Day

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Senate panel has approved a bill that would open state liquor stores on Election Day.

The sale of wine, beer and liquor is already allowed in bars and restaurants on Election Day.

Senate Bill 166, sponsored by Sen. Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake City, would eliminate the need for those who would like to have a drink at home to plan ahead their purchases.

Fiscal analysts for the state estimate that repealing the ban on Election Day sales would generate about $500,000 in sales. About $100,000 of that would be profit for the state.

The bill passed in a Senate committee unanimously on Monday. It will now be debated on the Senate floor.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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