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Bill seeks to tear down ‘Zion Curtains’

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 18:09:27-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature seeks to tear down the so-called “Zion Curtains” in Utah restaurants.

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, filed Senate Bill 141 on Monday. It would eliminate the walls entirely from restaurants. “Zion Curtains,” the nickname given to the 7-foot walls that keep you from seeing drinks being made, were put in place as part of a compromise on liquor legislation in years past.

Supporters argue they prevent children from seeing drinks prepared, opponents ridicule them as being part of a “nanny state.”

Dabakis’ bill is similar to one being run by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber.