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New bill proposes changes to the Zion Curtain

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New bill proposes changes to the Zion Curtain


Kim f also making its way through the legislature... a bill that would change alcohol requirements in restaurants... allowing alternatives to the so-called "zion curtain."

Good utah's kimberly nelson joins us now live from the capitol with more.


Kim n that's right - lawmakers are now adding a third alternative to the zion curtain.

House bill 422 looks to get all utah restaurants on the same page - but it also means more walls could be going up.

:13 - :20 :35 - :53 1:01 - 1:16 [a15]abc4 generic animation wipe-server representative brad wilson says this new legislation is meant to level the playing field.

Currently there are three different types of restaurant licenses house bill 422 would mean there would only be one.


Brad wilson we have dining clubs, we have grandfathered restaurants and we have restaurants that aren't grand fathered and they all operate with very different sets of rules.

The bill would move everyone to one restaurant license over the next five years.

And it would give restaurants the option in how they want to dispense alcohol.


Brad wilson they can do it behind a separate storage and dispensing area - like we have now, and that's what all of our new restaurants have, is they have that.

They can do it, they need to have a 10 foot buffer from the bar area where minors can't see, or they can do what other states do and have a kind of a half wall, a 42 inch wall a few feet away from their bar area to just divide the space: between the bar and the dining room but those older restaurants who were grandfathered into the current law - and older dining clubs - don't have a zion curtain at all.

This bill would change that.

Lincoln shurtz - salt lake restaurant association the biggest concern is they're going to have to do something, they're either going to have to put up a zion curtain or they're going to have to do what they're calling the zion moat :54 or come up with some kind of pony wall to delineate between the restaurant area and the bar area."

Kim n other provisions also in the bill include boosting the sate markup on liquor by 2 percent - from 86 percent to 88 percent - that increase will pay for drinking prevention and training programs. reporting live at the capitol, kimberly nelson,

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