For those people who agree with Groucho Marx that they would never want to be in a club that would have someone like them for a member, your wishes have been answered. Utah has made a major change that has beer drinkers raising a glass around the world. Utah has long required that anyone who wants a drink would have to fill out an application to join a bar as a “private club.” This is a bit of an barrier for casual drinkers and certainly a barrier for inebriates. Now, bars will be open their doors to the drinking public, admittedly a small percentage in Morman-dominated state.
The elimination of 40-year-old system is designed to boost the state’s $6 billion-a-year tourism industry and was requested by the Utah Travel Industry Coalition.
Under the prior rule, the bar would charge $4 for a new member with a membership that would last three weeks or they could pay $12 for an annual membership.
Roughly 60 percent of the state’s population belongs to the Mormon church and roughly 90 percent of the legislature are Mormons.