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A Senate committee on Monday endorsed a bill to allow hotels to obtain one master liquor license from the state for all operations under one roof, instead of separate permits for each of their restaurants, bars, banquet facilities and room service.

The bill may also free up other hard-to-obtain licenses for others.

The Senate Business and Labor Committee voted 4-0 to approve SB217, and sent it to the full Senate.

"In Utah, alcohol licenses are limited by population," sponsoring Rep. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, said. "The change would bring back in licenses that could be used by other businesses."

He said it would make available about 40 limited-use restaurant licenses, 10 full-service licenses and some banquet catering licenses.

— Lee Davidson