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Senate committee passes bill to beef up liquor law enforcement



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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would divert fines from alcohol violations to the Utah Attorney General's Office for increased enforcement cleared a Senate committee Tuesday.

SB72, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, would make up to $180,000 available annually for an assistant attorney general to prosecute cases such as selling alcohol to minors or violating terms of a state-issued liquor license. The fines now go to the state's general fund.

Assistant attorney general Sheila Page, who represents the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said the caseload has increased dramatically.

The Senate Business and Labor Committee unanimously endorsed the measure. It now goes to the Senate floor.

Dennis Romboy

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