Howdy everyone, this is especially salient for Wisconsin homebrewers, but I think relevant to all.
I’ll spare you with a back-story and just point to here to get caught up: http://www.northernbrewer.com/connect/2 … o-madison/
Here is an update on Wisconsin AB 290:
- An amendment has been added to the bill: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/r … /aa1_ab290
This amendment states that shops would be required to obtain an “operators license”. These are NOT the liquor license attributed to bottle shops, liquor stores, etc. This is a server license required by any individual serving alcohol to the public. We contacted the municipal office in West Allis to confirm this and for our area, this license would costs us $97 per individual, for two years.
Some info about an operators (or bartenders) license:
Does the licensee or the agent always have to be at the premises when it is open for business?
No. There must be one or more licensed operators in charge of the premises. An operator’s license is often called a “bartender’s license.” Not all bartenders must hold operator’s licenses, but there must be at least one licensed operator in charge of the premises. If the premise is large, with several serving areas, bar areas, etc., licensed operators must be in charge of each discrete area, in order to supervise and direct unlicensed persons who may be selling/serving.
How do I qualify for an operator’s license?
To qualify for an operator’s license, you must
* be at least 18 years old,
* meet criminal record requirements, and
* have completed a responsible beverage server course. Call your local Vocational, Technical and Adult Education (VTAE) school, or see “Training” on the Department of Revenue web site.
The last requirement can be waived if it is a renewal application or if you held an alcohol beverage license, including an operator’s license, within the past two years. The municipality may issue you a provisional operator’s license if you are enrolled in a responsible beverage server course when you apply. An operator’s license is only good in the municipality that issues it. For instance, if you are issued an operator’s license in the City of Milwaukee, you may not use it in a suburban municipality, like Franklin.[/i]
What are responsible beverage server training courses?
These courses are required to hold alcohol beverage licenses, with some exceptions. They cover alcohol beverage laws, signs of intoxication, safe serving of alcohol beverages, etc. These courses are most often offered by local technical colleges. For further information, contact your local Vocational, Technical and Adult Education (VTAE) school.
Not all responsible beverage server courses are taught by technical colleges. Other courses (see “Training” on the Department of Revenue web site) may be substituted for those taught at VTAE schools, as long as they have been approved by the Department of Revenue or the educational approval board. Make sure of this approval before enrolling in a responsible server course not offered at a VTAE school.
This is standard practice for all servers, and is something we already do in MN for beer events. I think this amendment actually makes the bill stronger, and easier to “copy paste” to other states.
- The bill passed unanimously 7-0 through the assembly committee! So now it goes before the entire assembly for vote. Rep Kooyenga is very optimistic that it will pass there. If it passes there, it goes onto the Senate for vote. When this happens, I will be on hand to testify.
Here’s an email from Rep Kooyenga:
Jake - It will probably be voted in the Assembly next week. I still have not heard a timeline for a Senate hearing and it is probably as safe bet it will not be next week. Here is the link you can check to see if there is something scheduled periodically:http://legis.wisconsin.gov/W3ASP/CommPa ... use=Senate