Salt Lake City – Lawmakers from Utah approached Tuesday to take the level of beer alcohol that corresponds to most of the production products sold throughout the country, despite the opposition of the influential Mormon Church. On Tuesday, measures were taken to increase the alcohol limit, although it is expected that there will be more opposition in the House of Representatives.
"We still have ways," said Kate Bradshaw, a lobbyist with a choice of "Responsible Beer". A coalition, a group of manufacturers, distributors and sellers who support this change.
The proposal will increase the limit of alcohol from 3.2% to 4.8% by weight, which will allow selling most of the standard beers in the state
. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has expressed concern that growth is too high. Most lawmakers are members of the faith, who teach abstinence from alcohol, and positions in the church can have a huge impact. Many local microprocessors are also opposed to these changes
However, supporters have included businesses such as Wal-Mart, and changes in the vast majority passed to the state senate. Senator of the republican sponsor Jerry Stevenson argued that the bill concerns trade, not alcohol.
"This is a reminder that we can overestimate the church's influence on politics," said Damon Cann, Utah State University Professor of Political Science. "The Church, although pronounced as a political enemy, is not invincible."
As other states, such as Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas, have lost such restrictions, big brewers began to stop producing lower-alcohol products, leaving shelves more empty and hurt by Utah's rural shops, which depend on beer revenues, Stevenson said. .
"I'm just glad that we're a little normalizing our alcohol, and I think it will be good for Utah," said Serek. The Democrat, who called himself one of the few state senators who are in power.
The state also hosts an active brewing community, many of which call this measure a narrow change that will unfairly make them quickly change their recipes. 19659005] The Utah Breuer Guild will support a larger increase, but fears that legislation will promote larger breweries like Anheuser-Busch, executive director Nicole Dicot said. Most beer in Utah is sold in grocery stores and stores.
Other critics are worried that the new limits are too high and can open the door for wine to be sold in grocery stores, not in public stores. Lyle Hillary, Mormon and a lawyer working in criminal defense, said he opposed this proposal, since it poses an increased risk of driving drunk and other problems for college students.
"Most of these children who have never before drank do not understand the impact," he said.