Booze delivery one vote away in Louisiana

Bill clears committee and heads to the Senate floor

Thomas Perumean
May 16, 2019 - 7:54 am

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A bill that would legalize home delivery of alcohol cleared a key committee on Wednesday and is now headed to the Louisiana Senate for a vote.  

House Bill 508, authored by Belle Chasse representative Chris Leopold, would make deliveries legal with provisions.  

  • Alcoholic beverages are not delivered to an address on a campus of any state college, university, or technical college or institute or an independent college or university or any elementary or secondary school located in this state.  
  • At the time of delivery, the retailer or an employee of the retailer, verifies the age of the recipient of the alcoholic beverage or beverages and that the recipient is not visibly intoxicated.
  • Delivery is permitted only during the hours that the authorized retailer's permitted establishment is open to the public.
  • Deliveries to consumers are made only by the retailer or an employee of such retailer and only to consumers at a residential or commercial address in this state.

During a question and answer period Senator Karen Carter Peterson talked about the ethics of enabling an addiction with home delivery.  She stated, “I’m not going to object, but you just opened up a whole new can of worms.  So someone who is sitting at home and has had too much to drink. So let’s continue to support their alcoholism?  I mean, really?”
 

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