Utah is finally ridding itself of one of its many arcane bar laws: private memberships.

Gov. Jon Huntsman and state House and Senate leaders agreed Monday to eliminate the state’s much-criticized private club system, which requires someone to fill out an application and pay a fee for the right to enter a bar unless he or she is the guest of a member.

Hallelujah.

I had to buy a membership — $12 for a year — just last week to watch my Huskies play Arizona State.

Hopefully the newly-enlightened legislature will work on the cap on draft beer — 3.2% — and the one-shot per drink limit. (It’s useless to order anything on the rocks).

At least now, there’s one less reason for a bartender or server to sarcastically say to an incredulous tourist, “Welcome to Utah!”

Progress, people, progress.

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