SALT LAKE CITY -- A trade group for bars and restaurants is asking a federal judge to block Utah legislators from considering input from the Mormon church when drafting future liquor laws.
The Utah Hospitality Association contends that considering the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unconstitutional.
The claim is part of an amended lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
Hospitality association attorneys originally filed the lawsuit in June. It targets Senate Bill 314, which bans daily drink specials and ties the number of liquor licenses to population totals and the number of state-employed police officers.
UHA board spokesman Ken Wynn says the church has too much influence on state liquor policies.
Church spokesman Eric Hawkins declined comment on Tuesday.