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Lawmakers offer alternatives for private club system

Lawmakers offer alternatives for private club system



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State lawmakers are eyeing a replacement for private clubs. But they differ on where the technology would be applied.

Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, wants an electronic system that scans driver licenses. It would verifies whether IDs are authentic. He told KSL's Nightside Project that may be a way to get rid of the outdated private club system in Utah.

"Technology will allow us to monitor this, regulate this in a streamlined way, where private clubs are dinosaurs," he said.

Hughes believes the information recorded should be temporary, available long enough to serve law enforcement's purposes.

Senate President Michael Waddoups would like to see the measure extend to restaurants that serve alcohol. Fewer than 400 clubs are licensed and serve alcohol in Utah, compared to about 1,100 restaurants.

Gov. Jon Huntsman has wanted to scrap Utah's private clubs. He says he's open to what this measure holds.

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, is working on a bill similar to Rep. Hughes' House version. Under Valentine's bill, the information would be stored in a central database accessible by law enforcement.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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