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States look to booze for shots to economy

February 14, 2009 07:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is the only state that requires people to fill out an application and pay a fee before entering a bar.

But the shelf life of this law — enacted 40 years ago in a state where nearly two out of three residents are members of a religion that shuns drinking — appears to be dwindling.

In Utah, and across the country, governors and lawmakers faced with budget deficits are advocating loosening laws that restrict alcohol consumption in the hopes of boosting tax revenues.

_ In Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana, Texas, Alabama and Minnesota, lawmakers are considering legislation this year that would end the ban on Sunday liquor sales. All but 15 states sell booze on Sundays.

_ In Nebraska, a state lawmaker has proposed allowing beer to be consumed in state parks as a way to boost tourism.

_ Other states, including Utah, are considering allowing the sale of liquor on Election Day.

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CONTACT: Telephone: SCROLLER Publication Name: Associated Press Publication Author: Brock Vergakis​
 

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