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Lawmaker Wants Private, Not State-Run Liquor Stores

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While state officials pride themselves on making Utah a bustling place for private enterprise, it’s a different story when it comes to alcohol sales, with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control directly operating more than 40 liquor and wine stores. But one lawmaker is hoping to change that. Republican Representative Ryan Wilcox of Ogden is introducing a bill to privatize those stores.

Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-Ogden)

(KCPW News) While state officials pride themselves on making Utah a bustling place for private enterprise, it’s a different story when it comes to alcohol sales, with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control directly operating more than 40 liquor and wine stores. But one lawmaker is hoping to change that. Republican Representative Ryan Wilcox of Ogden is introducing a bill to privatize those stores. KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked him what he’s aiming to do with the legislation.

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