A proposal which is in front of a Wisconsin legislative study committee could make it difficult at best to legally consume alcohol at private gatherings being held on rental properties.
According to officials of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), the proposal “would require a costly—and for some impossible to attain—license or permit for when people consume alcohol on rental property.”
A press release issued last week from WILL added, “This means that consuming alcohol at certain private gatherings like parties at wedding barns, dinner parties at vacation rental homes, camping on leased hunting land, or cruising on a pontoon boat may be subject to new licensing requirements. Wisconsinites will have to consult the state statutes to determine if they can throw a certain party. Subjecting such private gatherings to government red tape is going to be costly, confusing, and counterproductive.”
If some of this sounds remotely familiar, that is because this proposal is coming from the same people who tried to get drinking beer at tailgate parties at Lambeau Field banned earlier this year. That proposal had zero chance of ever seeing the light of day. To try the same stunt for wedding receptions and camping/boating trips in Wisconsin has about an equal chance, yet it was scheduled to be discussed last Wednesday by the Legislative Council Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement.
WILL Deputy Counsel Lucas Vebber said, “Once again, this is an attempt by special interests in Madison to curtail freedom for Wisconsinites and use the heavy hand of government to shut down competition. What major policy problem this legislation solves continues to be a mystery to us.”
Strike the “us” in Vebber’s comment and change it to “everyone.” It remains a mystery to everyone what this proposal is trying to do.
Such proposals do contribute to the continuing doubts people have about the efficiency of the legislative process. It is unfortunate that time, energy, and resources have to be wasted on proposals which have little if any merit.
To find some positive in this issue, thank goodness for groups like WILL which bring common sense to the occasional nonsensical idea. —Mark Sherry