Lawsuit filed over changed liquor laws

Posted at 7:18 PM, Mar 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-25 21:18:12-04

A federal judge will hear arguments Monday over a lawsuit challenging changes to Utah’s liquor laws.

The Utah Hospitality Association claims a law passed last year that banned establishments from selling discounted alcoholic drinks was past in part due to pressure from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

State attorneys have asked for the judge to dismiss the complaint, saying the church offering its views on alcohol policy to state lawmakers does not violate the state or federal Constitution.