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Should Kids Be Able to Drink with Dad in Public?
Fri, 1 February, 2013
A bill was introduced to allow parents to purchase alcoholic beverages for children who are 18 and older, during public restaurant and potential bar visits. The pre-21 alcoholic endeavors would be managed assumedly by the parents, and would permit kids out with mom and pop to enjoy a beverage, without having to wait another three years.
It went to vote today, and it was unsurprisingly shot down entirely. Republican Senator Greg Brophy, the bill’s lead proponent, claims he wasn’t the least bit shocked by the outcome. “Drinks with Dad” or “Margaritas with Mom” as the measure had been dubbed, was strongly opposed by one Senator Evie Hudak, who balked “if I want my daughter to have margaritas with me, then I would invite her over to my house and I would mix them at home,” according to the Denver Post Wednesday.
Other opponents, including the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, Tavern League of Colorado, and the Colorado Restaurant Association, highlighted the very serious legal complications that could arise if the measure were passed. The bill would only apply to restaurants and associations that voluntarily chose to participate. However, even in the case of participating parties, it is difficult enough for an establish to card everyone and verify their legal drinking status. If everyone had to be carded, and a discernment made, “is he/she 18, 21, or younger”, “is your parent present, or is that your aunt”, “can other family members be guardians of such nature as well”, the legal murkiness surrounding liability, and the possibility of serving boos to minors (real minors) drastically increases.
Senator Brophy contorts that he was specifically in attempts to create an opportunity for parents to “teach their children about drinking responsibly”, however opponent Senator Angela Giron states simply that can be done without the bill. Some argue that the legal drinking age ought to just be lowered to 18 entirely. At this point, the opponents have succeeded, and legal drinking remains at 21, despite guardian accompaniment.
Bartels, Lynn. “Colorado Senate Committee Kills ‘Drinks with Dad’ Bill”. The Denver Post. 30 Jan, 2013. <http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22482244/colorado-senate-commitee-hearing-drinks-dad-bill>