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01/06/2006

WARM BEER???

           Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Cold Beer Sales

Senator_bill_alter A state senator wants to force Missouri stores to sell warm beer. Under a bill by Sen. Bill Alter, grocery and convenience stores would risk losing their liquor licenses if they sold beer colder than 60 degrees. The intent is to cut down on drunken driving by making it less tempting to pop open a beer after leaving the store.

"The only reason why beer would need to be cold is so that it can be consumed right away," Alter, who has been a police offer for more than 20 years, said Thursday.

He said the idea came from a fifth-grade student in Jefferson County who was participating in a program to teach elementary students about state government. He sought their suggestions for new laws and chose the cold beer ban from a list of the top three ideas.

"I thought it had the best chance at getting legislative attention," said Alter, R-High Ridge. "Plus, I think it's a good idea whether or not other people do."

Some lawmakers and lobbyists, however, are lukewarm about the idea.

         Here's the Senator's phone # (573) 751-1492 - email him HERE.                  

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  Mo. Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Cold Beer Sales

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state senator wants to force Missouri stores to sell warm beer. Under a bill by Sen. Bill Alter, grocery and convenience stores would risk losing their liquor licenses if they sold beer colder than 60 degrees. The intent is to cut down on drunken driving by making it less tempting to pop open a beer after leaving the store.

"The only reason why beer would need to be cold is so that it can be consumed right away," Alter, who has been a police offer for more than 20 years, said Thursday.

He said the idea came from a fifth-grade student in Jefferson County who was participating in a program to teach elementary students about state government. He sought their suggestions for new laws and chose the cold beer ban from a list of the top three ideas.

"I thought it had the best chance at getting legislative attention," said Alter, R-High Ridge. "Plus, I think it's a good idea whether or not other people do."

Some lawmakers and lobbyists, however, are lukewarm about the idea.

Ron Leone, executive vice president for the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the combination of Missouri's drinking and driving laws and designated driver programs already have curbed the number of people who drink and drive.

"It would be an inconvenience for law-abiding citizens who want to purchase cold beer for picnics, parties and social gatherings," he said. "People who want to drive drunk will drive drunk anyway."

Leone said he didn't know if there was a standard temperature at which beer is sold, but added that most refrigerators are set in the mid-to-low 40s.

Alter said the student who suggested the legislation would be a witness at the bill's hearing, which hasn't been scheduled.

Last year, a fourth-grade class from Kansas City submitted a proposal to make the American bullfrog the state amphibian. It passed in the final moments of the 2005 legislative session.

Alter said the jump from naming state animals to restricting how alcohol can be purchased didn't really surprise him.

"You never know what's on the mind of young kids - some of them are pretty smart," he said.

   ... and you never no how stupid politicians can be either.

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>"People who want to drive drunk will drive drunk anyway."<

What a moron. That's like saying women who want to have an abortion will have one anyway. What?? Who WANTS to drive drunk? Who WANTS to have an abortion.

Ask any sober man if he WANTS to drive drunk.

Have to say there is some merit to this idea. Stopping at the corner store for a six-pack generally means having a few cold ones while you're driving. At my country store, I see guys come in all the time to buy a cold quart of beer and a sandwich. But, basically, this is just a pain for the average, responsible drinker.

Oh it's a brilliant idea alright.

I really was taken aback by its simplicity.

What's next?

No matches or lighters at the store?

No parking at the pub?

No salt on the restaurant table?

No print on the newspaper?

Keep it above 60 degerees?
Try that with Coors and you have a canned experiment in micro bio-research.

degrees that is. PIMF

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