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Northwoods representative leading charge on new alcohol billsSubmitted: 02/03/2020
Story By Morgan Johnson

Northwoods representative leading charge on new alcohol bills
RHINELANDER - A package of four bills concerning alcohol consumption will soon be introduced in the state assembly.

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) is among the lawmakers leading the charge.

One new bill would allow bars in the Milwaukee area to stay open until 4 a.m. during the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Another bill would require private vendors to buy a biennial $2,000 permit from the Department of Revenue and follow the same regulations as taverns.

"It's about safety, so the public expects that if you're giving away alcohol or serving alcohol that you are going to be regulated with a licensed bartender and that you have a requirement of when you open or close ," says Swearingen.

Another piece of legislation would ensure that vendors at the Wisconsin State Fair have the proper permits to sell alcohol.

The Road America Elkhart Lake racetrack also has inconsistencies with its vendors permits that another new bill would target.

A final draft of each bill is expected to be released later in February.






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