Senate leader opposes ending private clubs


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(KSL News) The fate of Utah's private club law could hinge on the state's Republican lawmakers.

Senate President John Valentine says he's opposed to eliminating the law, and he says Republicans in the Legislature probably won't vote to change it.

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., along with bar owners, tourism leaders and liquor commissioners, want to abolish the law, saying it serves no purpose.

Utah is the only state in the country that requires patrons to get a membership and pay a fee for it before entering a bar.

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