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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Booze is banned at the Capitol, but legislators say they'll hold their opening social there anyway.
Utah's hosting the national convention of the National Conference of State Legislatures next July.
Legislators have said they want to be good hosts and serve alcohol at the conference. But Utah's strict liquor laws have put them in a bind.
Yesterday, all the planning committee members except one voted to have the event at the Capitol.
House Majority Leader Greg Curtis says the Olympics were a success without alcohol. But others say it sends a message that Utah's a place where you can't get a drink.
However, the Capitol Preservation Board could still change its no-alchol rule to allow beer or wine on the Capitol Plaza.
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