Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Legislature considering multiple alcohol-related bills

As a recent Spokesman-Review blog post notes, "Getting a drink of alcohol in a movie theater, a farmer's market, even a senior center or a massage (spa), would be easier under a series of proposals considered Monday by a Senate panel."   

After describing the proposed bills, the post goes on to quote two WASAVP Board members.

"Having a glass of wine after a massage, then getting in a car and driving sounded like a really bad idea to Mary Ellen Dela Pena of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention.  Many of the proposals would expand the need of the already stretched thin Liquor Control Board to do 'compliance checks', to make sure these new locations were following laws on not over serving or allowing minors to be present, she added."

"There's a creep in society about the number of localities where alcohol is served," Derrick Franklin, president of the association, said.  That means fewer and fewer locations where children can go and not be exposed to alcohol consumption." 

A list of proposed bills related to alcohol and other drugs is available on the WASAVP website.

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