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Bills that sank, sailed as lawmakers head home

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014


A proposed statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation has once again died. Despite several protests and meetings, legislative leaders decided to quash the measure this year, arguing it could affect the pending legal battle over the state's same-sex marriage ban. Sen. Steve Urquhart, the St. George Republican pushing the measure, disagrees and says he'll run the bill every year until it passes.


Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, was pushing a bill to get rid of the so-called "Zion Curtain," which requires some restaurants to prepare alcoholic drinks away from public view. Supporters argue the rule curbs underage and binge drinking. Opponents say there's no evidence to support that, but the rule is burdensome for restaurants. Powell said Wednesday that his bill is effectively dead because it did not have enough support.