4

"Drinks With Dad" proposal dries up in Senate committee

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Raise a glass to the death of this year's dopiest bill -- so far. Senator Greg Brophy had proposed that parents be able to buy grown-up beverages at Colorado bars and restaurants for children over seventeen. But yesterday a Senate committee decided that Brophy's "Drinks With Dad" proposal was all wet.

Several vocal groups had opposed the measure, including the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police and the Colorado Restaurant Association, whose members would have been tasked with carding the new customers -- and in these days of complicated family relationships, ascertaining whether the adult at the table was the legal guardian or actual parent of the would-be drinker could almost require a DNA test or trip to Ancestry.com.

When he proposed the measure, Brophy -- whose website bills him as "husband, father, farmer" --had suggested that it would help parents how to teach their children to drink responsibly. But there's a far more logical place to do that:

At home.

From the Calhoun: Wake Up Call archive: "Free 3.2 beer! It's time to issue a last call for the archaic contrivance of low-alcohol beer."

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.