Liquor Advisory Commission talks about happy hour rules

By Brittany Abeijon

The Liquor Advisory Commission continued discussion on happy hour regulations at Thursday’s meeting. Discussion centered on previously-discussed regulations of happy hour.

“Service size, service methods, and special promotions and use of outside promoters are the issues at stake,” said William Riley, commission chair.

In regards to serving size, the commission is proposing banning the sale of bottled wine and distilled spirits in containers holding 750 mL or greater volume.

Gina Jackson, a city council member, discussed potential problems with this wording.

“A regular bottle of wine is 750 mL, this regulation prohibits the sale of 750 mL or greater,” Jackson said. “This would impact restaurants.”

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It was further discussed that restaurants shouldn’t be affected and that, by law, 750 mL can be sold to two or more people. The regulation is meant specifically for hard liquor in hopes that it is served individually.

Members of the city council requested that any decision regarding the happy hour regulations be postponed until students have returned for fall semester, around mid-September.

Although the request was granted, Jack Troxell Jr., a class P liquor licensee and commission member, questioned the reasoning behind the request.

“Most students are underage,” Troxell said. “We spend a lot of time running uphill when we are not the ones making the decisions. We are simply here to advise, and that’s OK.”

This sparked a heated discussion on the correlation between actions of the city council and the advisory given by the Liquor Advisory Commission.

“Sometimes we spend months discussing issues, and then the council members don’t like the ideas,” said Jim Cross, a class A liquor licensee and commission member.

Many other members suggested that because every Liquor Advisory Commission meeting is public, any and all council members should be encouraged to attend meetings and bring up specific issues to present.