SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A measure that would have scaled back one of Utah's offbeat liquor laws has died in the state Legislature.
Lawmakers killed a proposal to remove barriers in Utah restaurants that shield patrons from seeing servers mix and pour drinks. The barriers, known as "Zion curtains," went up in 2010 as part of a compromise after lawmakers lifted a requirement for bars to operate as members-only social clubs.
The Senate killed the barrier repeal Tuesday when it approved a replacement measure Tuesday replacing it with other minor liquor regulations.
Republican Sen. John Valentine said the move to keep the barricades stemmed from lawmakers' fear that the take-down would foster a bigger culture of drinking in Utah.
Most Utah residents belong to the Mormon church, which teaches its members to abstain from alcohol.