Several alcohol related laws have been passed in my state of Minnesota.
The first is a law that allows breweries to sell "growlers" (64 oz.) of beer on Sundays. This law also lets restaurants sell drinks at 8 am. The full article from the Star Tribune is here.
There are no liquor store sales in this state on Sundays. So this is an exception to that law.
There was quite a discussion on if we should allow Sunday sales. The new brew pubs wanted to be able to sell their craft beers on Sunday, so this was a compromise.
Why we needed to be able to drink alcohol at 8 am? I have no idea.
But the people in the article were happy they could have a drink early in the day.
By 9 a.m. the Mennings each had their alcoholic beverage in hand. She had a screwdriver and he a craft beer.
The second law is one that stiffens the consequences for mid-level DWIs. The full article from the Star Tribune is here.This is interesting. I read all the news, and I had no idea this law was coming.
It's a little tricky to understand.
The legal limit for a DWI is still .08. It's considered a misdemeanor.
The Legislature this year lowered the threshold for a gross misdemeanor drunken driving offense to a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 percent. That’s still twice the legal limit for misdemeanor DWIs, but it’s .04 percentage point lower than the previous trigger for seriously impaired driving violations.
Research shows that the likelihood of getting involved in an accident spikes above a BAC of .15…