Utah Senator John Valentine (R-Orem) is writing legislation to modify some of the state's liquor laws. One notable change would affect the way hotels are allowed to serve liquor to guests who order room service.
Current Utah Law on Liquor and Room Service
Presently, when a hotel guest wishes to order alcohol through room service, the guest must order an entire bottle. (The guest cannot order a single glass of wine or one mixed drink.) So, if a Utah hotel guest orders a mixed drink, room service personnel will bring the bottles to the guest's room, mix the drink and leave the bottles.
Particularly for a hotel guest who is from out of state, this rule could seem odd and unwelcoming. For others, it could be seen as simply encouraging an overconsumption of alcohol.
Proposed Change to the Law and Reasoning behind It
Utah Senator Valentine's proposal would allow hotels to bring single mixed drinks to hotel guests in their rooms. The Utah Hotel and Lodging Association supports the change to the law, saying that it will help hotels provide better customer service.
Other Proposed Changes to Utah Liquor Laws
Additional proposed changes to Utah's liquor laws include increasing the number of restaurant liquor licenses and allowing restaurant owners to sell accompanying liquor licenses when they sell their restaurants. In addition, taverns would have to electronically screen drivers licenses for patrons' age, as social clubs and bars are required to do.
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