Liquor impairs the human capacity for rational thought. Strangely, however, this applies both to those who consume it and those who don't. At least that's been our experience with liquor regulation in Utah.
Despite that, the Legislature is considering a reasonable bill that would improve the accountability of the scandal-scarred Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The DABC has been tarred by a series of legislative audits that have alleged financial improprieties by the former director and poor oversight of small package stores that have lost the state money. And that's only the top of the list.
SB66 would reform the management structure of the DABC. The commission would be directed to hire an outside auditor to go over its accounts annually, and it would be required to create an internal audits division. In addition, the state auditor would investigate the department's operations, best practices, efficiency, ethics and legal compliance.