A group representing bars, dining clubs and fraternal organizations has amended its federal lawsuit against the state, also challenging the Utah liquor license formula that has created a backlog for club permits.
The Utah Hospitality Association seeks unspecified damages and to dissolve legislation, SB314, that led to new liquor statutes. This was the same legislation that liquor-control commissioners unsuccessfully petitioned Gov. Gary Herbert to veto months ago.
The scarcity of club licenses has, in effect, created a moratorium of up to two years before any more licenses become available, said Kenneth Wynn, who retired in 2007 after serving 30 years as director of Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC). He has been a member of the association since then, concerned about liquor laws that he thinks harm tourism and restrict economic development.