Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) After waiting for nearly two years, MacCool's Public House in Ogden has received a bar license, enabling the pub-style family restaurant to tear down its Zion Curtain and allow bartender Samantha Grotta to hand patrons a beer over the bar, Wednesday, September 26 2012 in Ogden. Under Utah law, bartenders, beer taps and open bottles of liquor must be hidden from public view in restaurants.
Zion Curtain divides Utah House and Senate
Liquor » House seems to perceive sentiment for tearing down walls; Senate, not so much.
First Published Jan 27 2014 06:53 pm • Last Updated Jan 28 2014 09:23 am

The statement by the LDS Church last week opposing changes to Utah’s liquor laws may not have been the last call for alcohol bills this year, after all.

House Speaker Becky Lockhart said Monday that she would still like to see the state get rid of the so-called Zion Curtain or Zion Wall, a 7-foot-2-inch barrier restaurants must have so children can’t see alcoholic beverages being mixed or poured.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Lockhart said the goals of the state’s liquor laws are to reduce underage drinking, overconsumption and drunken driving.

"Then let’s do those things that get us toward those goals, and let’s let go of those things that don’t, and that we don’t have any data to support. I believe that the Zion Curtain is one of those," she said.

Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, is again sponsoring legislation that would tear down the wall. It passed the House last year and died in the Senate.

It may meet a similar fate this year, according to Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, who said he hasn’t seen any change among his Senate colleagues on liquor issues.

Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said he would like to see how the recent changes in the law are working.

"We’ve done some pretty sweeping changes over the years," he said. "Sometimes you keep moving the ball and I think sometimes you need to see what you’ve got and see if there’s a problem, how it’s functioning."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took the unusual step last week of issuing a public policy statement, arguing that Utah’s laws are saving lives and strongly opposing any changes. D. Todd Christofferson, the apostle featured in a video accompanying the church’s statement, offered the opening prayer in the Senate on Monday.

Lockhart, who, like an overwhelming majority of the Legislature, is Mormon, said she doesn’t mind being in conflict with the church’s position.


story continues below
story continues below

"I am comfortable having my own position on all kinds of issues," she said.



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.