Two lawmakers are proposing changes to a new liquor law in Utah after beer licenses were denied to a karaoke lounge and an axe-throwing venue.

Democratic Rep. Angela Romero said Wednesday she plans to introduce an amendment to include karaoke venues among the new sites approved for beer sales.

The law represents a tightening of already strict liquor laws in Utah, where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instructs members to avoid drinking alcohol.

General manager Devan Watanabe poses for a photo at Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at a Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a
General manager Devan Watanabe poses for a photo at Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at a Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a “recreational amenity,”under a new law passed by Utah’s Republican-controlled legislature during the yearly session that ended in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Yet, liquor sales have been increasing steadily at state-controlled liquor stores, driven by new, out-of-state residents and thriving tourism.

State liquor bosses have said Social Axe Throwing in Ogden and Heart and Seoul Karaoke in Salt Lake City don’t fit the definitions of a “recreational amenity” contained in the law set to take effect May 14.

The definitions include theaters, pool parlors and concert venues.

Beers are shown on the wall of Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at a Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a
Beers are shown on the wall of Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at a Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a “recreational amenity,”under a new law passed by Utah’s Republican-controlled legislature during the yearly session that ended in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The sponsor of the law has said he would be open to tweaking it.

A beer is shown at Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at a Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a
A beer is shown at Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at a Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a “recreational amenity,”under a new law passed by Utah’s Republican-controlled legislature during the yearly session that ended in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Angela Romero prepares to testify at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Romero said that she plans to introduce an amendment in the next legislative session that would include karaoke venues to a list of 14 approved recreation-type facilities for beer licenses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Angela Romero prepares to testify at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Romero said that she plans to introduce an amendment in the next legislative session that would include karaoke venues to a list of 14 approved recreation-type facilities for beer licenses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, photo, Rep. Timothy D. Hawkes, R- Centerville, left, and Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, talk on the House floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Two Utah lawmakers, Hawkes and Utah Democratic Rep. Angela Romero, are considering making changes to a new liquor law that came under scrutiny this week after the state alcohol commission said it means no beer can be sold at new karaoke lounges and axe-throwing venues. The sponsor of the law, Hawkes, said no one intended the bill to have such consequences and that he's open to making changes. That could include exemptions for activities not on the list or broadening the criteria for approved venues. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, photo, Rep. Timothy D. Hawkes, R- Centerville, left, and Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, talk on the House floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Two Utah lawmakers, Hawkes and Utah Democratic Rep. Angela Romero, are considering making changes to a new liquor law that came under scrutiny this week after the state alcohol commission said it means no beer can be sold at new karaoke lounges and axe-throwing venues. The sponsor of the law, Hawkes, said no one intended the bill to have such consequences and that he’s open to making changes. That could include exemptions for activities not on the list or broadening the criteria for approved venues. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Axe-throwing coach Kennedy Howard holds axes at Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at the Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden axe-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a
Axe-throwing coach Kennedy Howard holds axes at Social Axe Throwing Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that beer will not be allowed at the Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden axe-throwing venue because neither fits the 14 definitions of a “recreational amenity,”under a new law passed by Utah’s Republican-controlled legislature during the yearly session that ended in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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