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Alcohol Statement Following Court Ruling

SALT LAKE CITY (News Release) -- August 10, 2001 -- The current Utah law on the advertising and sale of alcoholic beverages is the product of long-standing efforts of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many others. These groups sought a balanced law that would reserve to the State most profits from the sale of alcoholic beverages. It is the State that bears the social costs of the consumption of alcohol. The supporters of the law also sought to ensure that alcoholic beverages would be available to all who desired them but would not be aggressively promoted.

Along with others who share these objectives, the Church will be reviewing the emergency rules of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on alcohol advertising and will submit its comments during the 120-day period set by the Commission for public input. In reviewing the emergency rules, all should be guided by the court's finding that the State of Utah has a "substantial state interest" in promoting "temperance," acknowledged by the court to include discouraging over-consumption, intoxication, and under-age consumption, as well as minimizing the consequences of alcohol consumption to the safety, health, and welfare of the public. (Opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, ULBA v. Leavitt, No. 00-4058, July 24, 2001.)