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Liquor, Laws, and Utah

Austen Diamond, https://goo.gl/5VyVXA
Scott Gardner, bar manager of Finca, prepares craft cocktails behind the Zion Curtain

Monday, we’re talking about the system of laws that control the sale of alcohol in Utah, including the infamous “Zion Curtain” regulation that’s been getting lots of attention lately. Proponents argue that these laws are crucial to protecting public health and safety, and that they provide safe spaces for the state’s teetotalers. The other side claims the laws are based on flimsy logic and harm Utah economically. They also contend the state monopoly on liquor distribution needs to be dissolved.

  • Jim Dabakis is a Democrat in the Utah State Senate representing the 2nd district. He has sponsored legislation calling for the removal of the so-called "Zion Curtain" behind which mixed drinks are prepared at a number of Utah restaurants.
  • Derek Monson is director of public policy at the Sutherland Institute, which has lobbied in support of several of Utah's alcohol control laws.
  • Alexander Wagenaar, Research Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.