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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Senate approved sweeping changes to Utah's liquor laws today after rejecting a final amendment that would have let children dine with parents in liquor clubs until nine p.m.
The issue of children in Utah's only full-service liquor establishments has proven nettlesome for legislators, who are preserving an exception that lets children visit or work at liquor clubs or beer taverns owned by their parents.
Most other states ban children from any drinking establishment, but the issue is clouded in Utah, where mixed drinks are available only at members-only private liquor clubs that offer fine dining and a select group of restaurants.
Senate Bill 153 makes nearly 275 pages of changes to laws that control everything from the precise metering of mixed drinks to the disposition of private wine collections.
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