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Liquor Markup Part Of Utah's Sweeping Alcohol Legislation

Some Utah lawmakers are considering raising the state’s price markup on liquor. Utah is already the highest in the nation when it comes to its alcohol prices.

According to California’s Alcohol Research group, Utah consumers pay on average an extra 88 percent combination of markup and freight on a bottle of wine.

A bill currently being drafted by house majority leader Brad Wilson would make numerous changes to Utah’s alchohol laws, including the elimination of the state’s Zion Curtain requirement.

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The curtain law mandates restaurants have 7-foot-tall barriers to keep the mixing and pouring of alcoholic drinks out of the view of children.

In exchange for tearing down the walls, the state would increase its markup 1 to 2 percent.