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Panel Approves Bill About Breathalyzers in Bars

Published on March 06, 2014 at 01:02PM

Utah House lawmakers have approved a bill that sets standards for bars installing breathalyzers and similar devices for customers to use. The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-0 to approve the bill Wednesday, which now awaits a vote in the full House. Draper Republican Rep. Greg Hughes sponsors the bill, which attracted controversy after he told members of the media he was considering requiring them in all bars. Hughes’s bill makes the devices optional but requires that the devices not store patrons’ credit card information if it costs money to use. It also requires that other data collected only be used for properly calibrating the device. Hughes says the devices are a helpful tool for drinkers learning their limits with alcohol.