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IDAHO LEGISLATURE REPEALS BAN ON ELECTION DAY ALCOHOL SALES

March 17, 2008 08:00 PM

--Bill now moves to Governor’s desk--

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Idaho Legislature passed a bill Monday repealing the outdated Blue Law banning Election Day sales of alcohol, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

“Blue laws no longer make sense in today’s economy,” said DISCUS Vice President David Wojnar, who called the Election Day sales ban a relic of the Prohibition era when saloons sometimes served as polling stations.  “In this 75th anniversary year of national Prohibition Repeal, Idaho’s step towards modernizing its spirits market is totally appropriate.  Repealing the Election Day sales ban will increase revenues—benefitting the state, counties and cities.”

House Bill 348, which passed the House in February, now moves to Governor Butch Otter’s desk for final signature.   The bill deletes the prohibition on the sale of alcoholic liquors on national, state and local election days for sales of distilled spirits through state-owned and contract liquor stores.  The bill also ends the ban on liquor by the drink sales in bars and restaurants during polling hours.  Presently, liquor by the drink is available on Election Day only after the polls are closed. 

Wojnar pointed out that Idaho will become the 42nd state to allow Election Day alcohol sales.

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