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Bill keeping 'Zion curtains' heads to Utah gov.

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 6:45 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An omnibus liquor law bill that originally sought to repeal a rule for Utah restaurants to prepare alcoholic drinks behind a barrier is headed to the governor after lawmakers dropped the repeal.

Legislators had considered removing the barrier rule, but that idea was nixed earlier in the week when lawmakers raised concerns that removing the barriers would promote a "culture of alcohol" in the state.

The barriers, known as "Zion curtains," went up in 2010 as part of a compromise after lawmakers lifted a requirement for bars to operate as members-only social clubs.

Lawmakers agreed to retreat from the repeal and gave final approval Thursday to the proposal, which instead creates a master liquor license for chain restaurants and increases penalties for establishments caught serving alcohol to underage patrons.

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