COLUMBIA, Mo. - Recommendations from Substance Abuse Advisory Commission (SAAC) regarding the regulation of alcoholic drink specials are on the agenda for Monday's City Council meeting.
The recommendations are:
- Establish a schedule of administrative penalties for violating a liquor license standards (the report notes this recommendation was first made in July, 2015).
- Prohibit the distribution of free alcohol to the general public.
- Prohibit "bottomless" deals, which offer unlimited alcoholic drinks for a fixed price.
- Establish a $2 minimum for any alcoholic beverage.
- Prohibit reduced prices for alcoholic beverages after 11 p.m.
- Prohibit any advertising or promotion (including social media) for any alcoholic drink discount pricing, "whether on or off the licensed premises."
- "Requirement that the price of non-intoxicating beverages (such as soft drinks) may not be more expensive than the least expensive alcoholic beverage."
A 2015 report from the Responsible Hospitality Institute found downtown Columbia had a problem with "incidents of violence, robbery, sexual assault, vandalism, crowd congestion, noise complaints, underage drinking, over-service of patrons, and impairment of both pedestrians and drivers."