Amanda Smith had a reputation as a fair and pragmatic member of one of Utah's most powerful commissions. As a Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, she had to weigh some tough decisions on what businesses get coveted bar licenses and which ones would close.
On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Smith talks about what it was like to make those judgment calls and what she really thinks about alcohol policy in Utah.
The episode also recaps the latest DABC commission meeting where 10 businesses fought for one bar license and the agency reported losing millions as a result of COVID-19.
Update: Smith clarified that in her interview, she identified the wrong bar that faced a disciplinary proceeding. It was Button Down, which has been the subject of legal issues with the DABC.