Lawmakers Vote Down Bill to Allow Minors in Restaurant Bar Areas


Should kids be allowed in restaurant bar areas that serve alcohol? New today, lawmakers voted on a bill that would allow children to be accompanied by their parents into the bar section. Lawmakers had some blunt comments about why they thought this bill should fail.

Oley Larsen: “I would not feel comfortable at all, being in a bar with a bunch of kids. As a matter of fact, Mr. President, I don’t want to be around little kids. I’m sorry, I’m older, that’s what it is.”

JoNell Bakke: “If we choose to go out for an evening, and if we choose to partake in alcoholic beverages, then our child stays home. I just don’t think it’s appropriate to have these children in these establishments.”

The bill failed 21 to 24.

Lawmakers have passed a bill to clarify how wine is sealed when you take home an unfinished bottle from a restaurant. Through this bill, you won’t have to purchase a meal to take your vino home. It also changes the phrasing from “recork” to “reseal” so you won’t get in trouble for twist-off cap wine bottles. Legislators toasted this bill will a unanimous “do pass” vote. Now it will be sent to the governor to be signed into law.

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