- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker is proposing to give restaurants a choice when it comes to one of the state’s heavily debated liquor laws.

Heber City Republican Rep. Kraig Powell sponsors a bill allowing businesses to take down walls that shield drink mixing from public view.

But in order tear down the barriers, restaurants would need to post a disclaimer outside and on the menu, warning patrons that they pour alcohol in plain sight.

The barriers, known as “Zion curtains,” are only required in some restaurants. Critics say that makes the current rule unfair.

But Mormon church leaders this year are asking legislators to avoid changing liquor laws.

A former version of Powell’s bill would have struck the barrier rule altogether. He says it now allows people to make their own choices.

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