SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Utah's ban on happy-hour discounts and limited bar licenses.
The Utah Attorney General's Office is asking the judge Monday to dismiss a hospitality industry lawsuit because the state has the authority to regulate liquor sales.
The hearing is Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Hospitality Association says in their lawsuit filed last year the ban on happy-hour discounts and Utah's scarce availability of liquor licenses violate federal antitrust law.
The trade group filed an amended lawsuit in October seeking to block Utah legislators from taking influence from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when writing liquor laws.
State lawyers say religious groups have a right to participate in the political process.