In encouraging stories breaking yesterday, Salt Lake City Weekly, The Tribune and Standard-Examiner all gleefully reported on a pending Utah House of Representatives bill, HB 228, aimed in pertinent part (see lines 764-791) to eliminate Utah's quirky "Zion Curtain" statutory provision, which refers to "the permanent structural barriers" required of restaurants to shield underage patrons from the morals-corrupting sight of wine being poured and cocktails being mixed.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ryan Wilcox R-Ogden, said during testimony yesterday before the House Revenue and Taxation Committee "that after significant study, there was no evidence of any kind to be found showing the walls were helping to prevent underage drinking."
“An uneven playing field that’s the first strike, we haven’t been able to show it encourages underage drinking and the third one is that we get fun headlines [about the Zion wall] in The New York Times, USA Today and even The Economist,” Wilcox also told committee members.
For our readers' convenience we'll helpfully provide the above-mentioned northern Utah print media stories via the links below:
- Bill to Tear Down "Zion Walls" from Restaurants Clears Panel
- Bill aims to help businesses take down ‘Zion Curtain’
- Bill could tear down Zion curtains at restaurants
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.Check out this morning's discouraging S-E story for the full lowdown:
“We don’t want restaurants looking like bars,” Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said of the bill.
something appealingly Reaganesque, maybe a Gipper-like message like this, que no?
President Monson, tear down those walls!The floor's open for your ever-savvy comments, O Gentle Ones.
Don't let the cat get your tongues.