Bill to make keg renters register first - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/7/09

Bill to make keg renters register first

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A bill presently before the state House is proposing to make Texans register when purchasing alcohol in kegs.

Texas is currently one of 24 states that does not require registration.

House Bill 2096, brought before the legislation last Wednesday by Reps. Rob Eissler and Jim McReynolds, would require all retailers selling alcohol in kegs and renting out the equipment to attach a tag, sticker or engraving with an identification number at the time of the purchase as well as collect identifying information from the customer.

NewsChannel 11 contacted a local liquor store and found out that the average keg holds about seven cases of beer or 168, 12 oz. servings; selling for about $75 each, which costs about 45 cents per 12-ounce serving.

This bill will give law enforcement another tool. If minors are present at a party where alcohol is present, the adult will be held responsible for buying the alcohol, explains a member of the Midland Coalition.

The bill is currently pending before the Licensing and Administrative Procedures committee.

According to the 2006 Texas School Survey on Substance Abuse Among Students Grades 7-12:

  • 65.9 percent have used alcohol in their lifetime
  • 31.5 percent have used alcohol in the last month
  • 65 percent obtained alcohol at parties
  • 9.2 percent attended class drunk at least once during the last school year
  • The average age of first use: 12.2 years

 

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