Montana lawmakers say BYOB is A-OK
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana House has rejected a proposal aimed at
stopping people from bringing their own beer and wine into restaurants that don't
hae liquor licenses.
House Bill 405 by Republican Rep. Roger A. Hagan of Great Falls would have
made it a punishable crime for a restaurant without a liquor license to allow
patrons to bring their own alcohol to consume on the premises.
Hagan argued the activity is supposed to be illegal under current liquor license
laws, but local officials have found it to be vague and unenforceable.
The bill's opponents argued the measure would hurt small restaurants that let
patrons bring their own beverages. They also argued that taxpayers would have
to foot the bill's $50,000 enforcement price tag.
The bill failed Thursday 69-31.