SALT LAKE CITY -- A local lawmaker's bill removing requirements for a separate area to prepare alcoholic drinks in state restaurants could be headed for trouble, even though it passed a House committee review Wednesday.
Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-North Ogden, is sponsoring HB 228, which would amend some state liquor requirements, including removal of the "Zion Curtain" in restaurants that have liquor licenses. The bill cleared the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday and is currently waiting for debate before the House.
In a news briefing, Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said the bill has little chance to pass the Senate in its current format. He said he will work with Wilcox and other House leaders to find a potential compromise. He suggested any offset would have to address public safety concerns.
"We don't want restaurants looking like bars," Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said of the bill.