BEER LAW – UPDATE on Nashville Single Beer Ban
OK. Initially, I read the story wrong.. but maybe I have ESPN or something. The ban will include “Craft Beer”. OK, this will only last for a year — BUT SO.. how many times do you see a law reversed? OK.. I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t see them.
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Drink Craft Beer, You’ve Earned It!!!
Single-beer sales ban would expire after a year
Sponsors of a controversial plan to limit sales of single beers in downtown Nashville plan to add a one-year “sunset” provision and make other changes in hopes of mollifying critics.
The proposed legislation would ban sales of single bottles or cans of beer within the downtown interstate loop. The goal is to address loitering, litter, vagrancy, panhandling and public intoxication, but critics say existing laws already address those problems.
An amendment that will be introduced at Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting would make the law expire after 365 days, at which time it could be renewed or abandoned, Councilman Mike Jameson said today.
“The one-year sunset would give us a specific window of time in which we could measure arrests and calls for (police) service and compare them to 2008,” said Jameson, who represents much of downtown. “If it’s not effective, I’ll be the first to get on my knees before the beer distributors and apologize. But we’ve got to do something.”
Jameson said he and Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, who introduced the legislation last month, also will put forward two other amendments when the bill is up for the second of three votes Tuesday. One would confine enforcement to the area within the downtown interstate loop instead of including two North Nashville streets that Gilmore initially included. The other would drop an exception for specialty and craft beers that are often sold only in single bottles.
Now “we have a very clear statement of what’s prohibited,” Jameson said. “It’s all singles.”