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Summary: HB 34 would create a regulatory system for establishments that do not sell alcohol but do allow customers to bring alcohol onto the premises and that also charge for admission. Currently, these types of businesses are not subject to the same type of law enforcement oversight that normal bars or restaurants with Liquor Licenses are. Among other provisions, HB 34 would allow officers to enter the building without probable cause, just as they are able to do at establishments with liquor licenses.
Analysis: This legislation is designed to target adult clubs, such as strip clubs, that use the “BYOB” loophole to avoid the scrutiny that accompanies a liquor license. We absolutely do not condone the practices of these companies. However, we also are constrained by our limited government liberty principle which prevents us from supporting these substantial new regulations. We do recognize that these types of companies are well known for exploitation of underage women and that law enforcement should have greater access to these establishments. We are neutral on this legislation.