- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a panel discussion about the intersection of the Mormon faith and politics (all times local):

6 p.m.

Several Mormons who serve as state lawmakers say their church has a subtle influence on politics in the state and is selective about when it does choose to directly weigh in on issues.

State Rep. Brian King, a Democrat and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said at a panel discussion late Monday afternoon that faith leaders have never told him how to vote but with so many members of the faith in the state, the church’s influence plays out in politics.

State Sen. Todd Weiler, a Republican and Mormon, said he’s only been contacted by church lobbyists on legislation related to alcohol, adoption and gambling.

Weiler and King were among four Mormon lawmakers or legislative candidates participating in Monday’s panel discussion at the University of Utah.

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9:55 a.m.

Several Mormons who serve as state lawmakers are scheduled to discuss the intersection of their faith and politics in Utah at an event Monday afternoon.

The panel discussion is sponsored by ABU Education Fund, an affiliate of the left-leaning group Alliance for a Better Utah and will be held at the University of Utah.

Participants in Monday’s event will include Republican state lawmakers Howard Stephenson and Todd Weiler, Democratic state Rep. Brian King and Democratic legislative candidate Suzanne Harrison.

Weiler says in a statement that politicians from both sides of the aisle share ideals and values and the discussion will touch on those.

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