Utah lawmaker brings bill to remove 'Zion curtain'

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to kill one of Utah's most notable liquor laws is coming back to the state legislature.

Heber City Republican Rep. Kraig Powell revives an effort to take down restaurant walls blocking alcoholic drink mixing from public view.

Mormon church leaders this year are asking legislators to stay away from liquor laws.

But Powell says newly compiled data show Utah's current liquor laws aren't doing much to help the state. He says they hinder businesses in his district, which includes Park City.

A similar measure to dismantle the so-called "Zion curtains" died last year in the Senate.

Current law mandates that only some restaurants need to put up the barrier. Critics say the patchwork rule is unfair.

A Senate committee is expected to consider the bill Tuesday afternoon.

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