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Characteristics of Underage Drivers Licenses (All States)

Serving Alcohol Inc (http://servingaclohol.com):   Characteristics of Underage Drivers Licenses

State Identifying Licensing Elements
Alaska License for minors is vertical with “UNDER 21 Until 00-00-0000” written in white, within a red bar above the photo. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/akol/teenlaw.htm
Alabama Minor licenses are vertical. Under 18/21 cards display the words “UNDER 18 UNTIL” and/or “UNDER 21 UNTIL” followed by the date the cardholder will turn 18 or 21 in bold red text. This text is positioned vertically next to the portrait. On older licenses, it is printed in a red header beside the state name and the photo is on the right side of the license. For more information and/or an image, visit: http://dps.alabama.gov/Documents/Miscellaneous/DriverLicenses.html
Arkansas Vertical format with a black “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” in a yellow bar below the photo, and a white “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” in a red bar below yellow bar. Photo and Date of birth have red borders. Also note: an “intermediate” license includes a yellow map of Arkansas and a learner’s permit includes a white map. For more information and/or an image, visit: http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/driverServices/Pages/samples.aspx
Arizona Minor license is vertical with newer licenses. “UNDER 21″ (in yellow) Until 00-00-0000” (in white) beside photo. In older licenses, UNDER 21 Until 00-00-0000 appears in red above the signature and the photo is on the left. A low resolution picture of minor license can be found on page 12 of the Arizona Driver License Manual which can be found here: http://mvd.azdot.gov/mvd/formsandpub/viewPDF.asp?lngProductKey=1420&lngFormInfoKey=1420
California On minor licenses, photo of minors is on right, with a shadowed image to the left of the photo. White letters “AGE 21 IN (0000)” appears in a red bar; under 18 includes white “PROVISIONAL UNTIL AGE 18” IN (0000) in a blue bar. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.tobaccofreecatalog.org/productdetails.aspx?id=3&itemno=J611
Colorado License for minors is vertical. “UNDER 21” is in red above the photo. Prior licenses included “UNDER 21” in a yellow bar at the far right of the card or “UNDER 18” in a red bar at the far right. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue-MV/RMV/1177024843056
Connecticut License for minors is vertical. “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in red bar to right of primary photo. If under 18, “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-000” is in yellow bar to left of red bar. Primary photo is on left side with a small duplicate ghosted photo image on bottom right. Learner’s Permit has the state name in yellow. Identification Card has the state name in red in a green bar. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=447352
Washington, D.C. Minor licenses are vertical. UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 written in red below the photo. Provisional license has a pale green header bar. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://dmv.dc.gov/info/adult.shtm
Delaware License for minors is vertical. Black “18 ON 00-00-000” in a yellow bar to the right of the photo, or white “21 ON 00-00-0000” in red bar to the right of the photo. Prior licenses had a white “18 ON 00-00-0000” and “21 ON 00-00-0000” in a red block. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.dmv.de.gov/
Florida License for minors is vertical. “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in yellow type on a red background to the left of primary photo. State header for Minor License is in yellow type within a green bar. State header for Minor Identification Card is in yellow type within a red bar. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/newlicense.pdf
Georgia Minor license is vertical for new licenses with photo on left and red “UNDER 21” to right of the photo. Birthdate is in black for permanent licenses and in red for interim licenses. Prior licenses are valid until expiration date and have a red header and a red box around the photo with “UNDER 21” vertically down the left side. “Georgia DRIVER LICENSE” and the birth date are in red. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.dds.ga.gov/news/newsdetail.aspx?id=123 and click on “DDS Brochure additional information and/or an image, New License Design.”
Hawaii Minor License is vertical with the date of birth printed in black. “21st: 00/00/0000” and “18th: 00/00/0000” are printed in white within a red bar to the right of photo. Gradient (dark to light) pink shading exists on top of card with primary photo beneath. Under 21 Licenses and Provisional Licenses have a rainbow appearing underneath photo extending to bottom right. Under 21 Permits do not have rainbow. Previous licenses are valid until expiration date and are vertical with red “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” above the photo and below the head bar. For drivers under 18, previous licenses have “PROVISIONAL” on the right side in dark pink. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.honolulu.gov/csd/vehicle/hdlsamplesample.pdf
Iowa Minor license is vertical with “Under 21 UNTIL 00-00-00” in yellow print in a red block at right. Two photos appear on license with the primary one on the left with “DOB” directly to the right. Previously, minor licenses were vertical with the name, address and date of birth in red. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.iowadot.gov/centralissuance/MM353.pdf
Idaho Minor under 18 licenses are vertical with a green photo border and white “UNDER 18” at the top and bottom and a red “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” at the bottom right. Under 21 licenses have a red border around the photo, with “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” printed in red in the bottom right part of the license. For additional information, go to: http://www.preventthesale.com/idaho/ids.htm
Illinois Minor license is vertical, with photo on left. “Under 21 until 00-00-0000” is printed vertically in white in a red bar to the right of the photo. “Under 18 until 00-00-000” is printed in black in a yellow bar to the right and beside the red bar. There is a duplicate ghosted image at the bottom right of the card. For additional information and/or an image, go to: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/drivers_license/newdlflyer1.pdf
Indiana Minor license is vertical with white “Under 21 Until 00/00/0000” in a red bar to right of photo, and/or a black “Under 18 Until 00/00/0000” in a yellow bar placed vertically at the right of the photo. If a driver is younger than 18, the word “PROBATIONARY” is printed beneath the state name bar. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: https://myweb.in.gov/BMV/mybmvportal/LicensesAndIDCards.aspx
Kansas Minor license is vertical with a white “NOT 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” in a red bar, or a white “NOT 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” in a green bar under the photo. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/public.pdf
Kentucky Minor license is vertical. “UNDER AGE 21 Until 00-00-0000” or “UNDER AGE 18″ UNTIL 00-00-0000” in red to the right of the photo. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://transportation.ky.gov/drlic/Grad/grad_summary.htm
Louisiana Minor licenses are vertical with a red “Under 21 Until 00-00-0000” and “Under 18 Until 00-00-0000” to the right of the photo, at the bottom left with a red frame. The prior license had a “Y” in “MINOR” field, or red “M” in the minor box. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/OMV1.nsf/58c968bd569b099986256cdc000806eb/f49e283fc26019e8862564ae00546c22?
Massachusetts Minor license is vertical with red “UNDER 21 DRIVER LICENSE” under the state header. A red “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” and UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 appears above photo. Valid driving times are also noted in red on minor licenses. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.mass.gov/rmv/license/MA_D301brochure1.pdf
Maryland Minor license is vertical with photo bordered in red and “Under 18 Until 00-00-0000” or “Under 21 Until 00-00-0000, “both in red, above the photo. UNDER 21 ALCOHOL RESTRICTED is below the photo, in white.
Maine Minor license is vertical. UNDER 18 UNTIL 00/00/0000″ and “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00/00/0000” appears stacked to the right of the primary photo. A small duplicate ghosted image is on the right in the middle. For additional information and/or an image, visit: http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/ME_Brochure_8.5x11_Composite.pdf
Michigan Minor license is vertical. “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” and “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in red, above the name/address. Date of birth overlaps the shadowed image. For additional information, go to: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1627_8669-70561–,00.htm
Minnesota Minor license is horizontal. Photo has a red border and “UNDER 21” is printed in yellow at the top of the photo. If under 18, the license states “PROVISIONAL” and the date that the minor will turn 18 is in red text to the right of the DOB. For additional information, go to: http://www.municipalbev.com/images/driverslicense.pdf
Missouri Minor license is horizontal. The primary photo is on the left and “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is at the top, in red text. For drivers under 18, “Missouri” is in purple and “INTERMEDIATE LICENSE” is beneath the state name on the top left. A small duplicate ghosted photo is on the bottom in the middle. For more information and/or an image go to: http://dor.mo.gov/pdf/newlicense.pdf
Mississippi Minor licenses are vertical with state name in green and “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” in white text, below the photo in a red bar. UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is in black, and is in the yellow bar beneath the UNDER 21 red bar. The year of birth is above the shadowed photo image, and the license may include a yellow “INTERMEDIATE LICENSE” in heading. For more information, see http://www.dps.state.ms.us/dps/dps.nsf/webpages/dlinfo_DriverLocationLocation?OpenDocument
Montana Minor license is vertical with “Under 18/21 UNTIL 00/00/0000” in a red bar vertically to the right of the photo. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.doj.mt.gov/driving/driverlicensing.asp
North Carolina Minor license is vertical. “Turns 21 on 00-00-0000” is highlighted in red to the right of the primary photo. “Turns 18 on 00-00-0000” is highlighted in yellow to the right of the photo if applicable. Small, duplicate ghosted image is at the bottom right. For more information and/or image go to: http://www.ncdot.org/_graphics/site_graphics/dmv_driver_first_vrtlicense1.png
North Dakota Minor licenses are vertical with a white “Turns 21 on 00-00-0000” in a red bar, and if applicable, “Turns 18 on 00-00-0000” in a yellow bar on the right side of the photo. For more information and/or an image, go to: http://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/driverslicense/dlnewlicense.htm
Nebraska Minor license is vertical with a red “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” and/or “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” under state name. For more information and/or image go to: http://www.dmv.ne.gov/dvr/images/sample_minor_dl.jpg
New Hampshire Minor license is vertical with photo under state header. “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in white text in a pink bar. “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in white text in a red bar below the pink bar in the lower left of the license. For more information and/or image, go to: http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/driverlic/index.html
New Jersey Newer minor license is vertical with “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” in red frame around photo with yellow print. For more information and/or image, go to: http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/manuals/chap_01_02.html
New Mexico Minor license is vertical. “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in white text in a red bar and “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” is in white text in a pink bar, in the lower left of the license. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/Drivers/New-Drivers/pages/Your-First-Driver-License.aspx
Nevada Minor license is vertical. Red ‘UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000″ and ‘UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000″ to the right of the photo. For more information and/or image go to: http://www.dmvnv.com/dldesign.htm
New York Under 21 Until 00-00-0000 and/or “Under 18 Until 00-00-0000”, ID number and date of birth are printed in red on the right side of the photo. Under 18 licenses have LIMITED in red on the right side of the card. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/license.htm#drivingage
Ohio Minor license is vertical, with a red header. The photo is in the top left and has a red border. Red “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000” and “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” appear at the bottom right and overlap the duplicate ghosted photo. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://bmv.ohio.gov/dl_new_driver.stm
Oklahoma Minor license is vertical, and has the photo in a red border. UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is in white text, in a red border. UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is in a yellow box to the right of the photo. ‘LEARNER PERMIT” or “INTERMEDIATE” is in the header of the license. For additional information and/or image go to: http://www.dps.state.ok.us/dls/gdl.htm
Oregon Minor license has the photo on the right, bordered in red. UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is in yellow text, at the top of the photo; UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is to the right of the photo. PROVISIONAL LICENSE will be printed on the license if person is under 18. For additional information and/or image go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/driverid/SampleCards.shtml
Pennsylvania Minor license is vertical; black “UNDER 18 UNTIL 00/00/0000” in yellow bar above photo or white “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00/00/0000” in red bar above photo. Under 18 licenses have a green head bar with JUNIOR DRIVER’S LICENSE and JR in the map at the bottom right. For more information and/or image, go to: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/fact_sheets/fs-pub7219.pdf
Rhode Island Minor license is vertical, with blue state name, top bar, and map. If a provisional license, headers are in yellow. The photo is bordered in red, and has UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 in white at the top of the license. For more information, go to: http://www.dmv.ri.gov/licenses/
South Carolina For minors under 18, the license reads UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000 at the top right, and the photo is framed in green. UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is in the top right, and the photo is framed in red. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx?n=beginner_permits
South Dakota Below the header, “00-00-0000 – 21st BIRTHDAY” in black, “UNDER 21” is below photo, and two-digit phantom number of year of 21st birthday below the data area; dates of 18th and 21st birthdays listed on back. Red heading for under 21, green if restricted (shows “R” in restrictions field). For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/teen_drivers.aspx
Tennessee Minor license is horizontal. If under 21, there is a red bar to the right of the photo with a yellow “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000”. Primary photo and address are on the right with license level in yellow title bar. There is small, duplicate ghosted image on the bottom left. For more information and/or image visit page 15 of the Driver’s Manual: http://www.state.tn.us/safety/dlhandbook/DL_HandbookWeb2007.pdf
Texas Minor license is vertical with red “UNDER 21 DRIVER LICENSE” and red “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” above person’s name. For Minor license is vertical with red “UNDER 21 DRIVER LICENSE” and red “UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000” above person’s name. For
additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/teenDriver.htm
Utah Minor license is vertical. Red ‘UNDER 21 UNTIL 00/00/0000″ and if applicable, blue “UNDER 19 UNTIL 00/00/000” above duplicate ghosted image. For more information and/or an image, visit: http://publicsafety.utah.gov/dld/licensing.html
Virginia Minor license is vertical with UNDER 21 in the header and on the back. UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000 and UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 is on the front at the bottom left. For more information and/or an image, visit http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/drivers/newlook.asp
Vermont Minor license is vertical. Operator license has the head bar in a plum color, and UNDER 21 UNTIL 00-00-0000 in red and UNDER 18 UNTIL 00-00-0000 below the Under 21 date. Junior Operator license has a yellow/orange head bar and the Learner’s Permit has a pink head bar. For more information and/or an image, visit http://dmv.vermont.gov/licenses/drivers/newdrivers
Washington Minor license is vertical. AGE 21 ON 00-00-0000 and/or AGE 18 ON 00-00-0000 is in black next to photo. For drivers under 18, INTERMEDIATE LICENSE is under the state name. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/teens.html
Wisconsin Minor licenses are vertical with a white “Turns 21 on 00-00-0000” in a red band and, where applicable, a black “Turns 18 on 00-00-0000” in a yellow band below the photo. For more information and/or an image, visit http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/types/digital.htm
West Virginia Minor licenses are vertical. Under 21 licenses have a bright blue background, GRADUATED in red text below the heading and TURNS 21 ON 00-00-0000 in white text in a red bar to the right of the photo. Under 18 licenses have a dark red background, with TURNS 18 ON 00-00-0000 and INTERMEDIATE in red below the heading. For additional information about minor licenses, visit: http://www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/Driver-Licenses/Pages/default.aspx
Wyoming Minor license is vertical with the photo on the left. Red “Age 21 on 00-00-0000” and, where applicable, “Age 18 on 00-00-0000” are below the heading on the right. For more information and/or image, go to: http://www.dot.state.wy.us/webdav/site/wydot/shared/Driver_Services/Driver%20License%20Rules%20of%20the%20Road.pdf (Page 4).
This information is provided as an education service on Serving Alcohol, Inc., but is not intended to provide legal advice or analysis. This information is not intended to be a complete representation or description of all driver’s licenses. No person viewing this information should rely on this information as complete or accurate descriptions of applicable identification. Any person viewing this information that has any questions about the law or this information should seek the advice of counsel. Each state law is unique and possibly represents multiple legislative or regulatory acts. Local laws may differ. Check with local authorities for variations from the information depicted here.

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‘Super drunk’ drivers face tougher punishment with new Michigan law

Source: mlive.com
Published: Sunday, October 17, 2010, 6:59 AM

Starting on Oct. 31, there will be two kinds of drunken drivers in Michigan: standard and “super.”

Standard are those with blood alcohol content of 0.08 to 0.16 percent. The super drunk, a new category under state law, are first-time offenders who test at 0.17 or above.

The designation confers no special powers, just super-high penalties and super-stiff fees.

Fines and other costs could top $8,000, some defense attorneys predict. Alcohol treatment is mandatory, possible jail time is doubled, and driving is forbidden for 45 days.

The penalties include another first for Michigan: a requirement to install an in-car breathalyzer.

To resume driving after 45 days, first-time super-drunk offenders must buy an ignition interlock, which works by testing a driver’s breath and allows the car to run only if the driver is sober.

The change is part of an effort to toughen drunken driving penalties, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Michigan joined more than 40 states when the Legislature passed the standards with virtually no opposition at the end of 2008.

The technical term is “high blood alcohol content enhanced penalty law.” “We don’t really like calling it the super drunk law,” said Anne Readett, spokeswoman for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Critics of the law, including defense lawyers, question its effectiveness.
Advocates call the measure positive but not enough – “a disappointing step in the right direction,” said Michigan MADD’s executive director, Homer Smith.
For example, state lawmakers set the blood-alcohol standard at 0.17 percent, bucking a trend toward tougher 0.15 thresholds preferred by MADD. And at least a dozen states require interlock devices for all convicted drunken drivers.
“The Legislature had an opportunity to do something that would significantly deter drunk driving,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, they chose to do less than the optimum.”

Michigan still considers 0.08 percent to be legally drunk, and the new law does not affect repeat offenders or people who face a felony for causing death, injury or damage.

About one-third of Michigan drivers whom police suspect of driving drunk test at the enhanced penalty levels.

Interlocks have gained in effectiveness and acceptance since 2007, when federal traffic safety officials began a campaign urging judges to require the devices.

A device costs the driver about $100 a month to maintain. Other costs to violators come from state driver responsibility fees and attorney fees.
First-time offenders who meet the super-drunk standard are looking at $8,000 to $10,000, according to defense attorney Gerald Lykins.

He is unconvinced the law will be effective.
“I’m not sure that penalizing someone who blows a 0.17 rather than 0.14 will prevent people from drunk driving,” he said. “The driver responsibility fee was supposed to reduce bad driving, but that hasn’t worked.”
MADD counters that enhanced penalties are working in other states. New Mexico, for instance, has had a 20 percent reduction in alcohol-related crashes since its law was passed in 2005.

Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Aubrey Sharp said the new penalties treat offenses in proportion to one another.
“You have a person with a 0.09 blood alcohol level who is punished the same as someone with a 0.32,” Sharp said.

Others take a wait-and-see approach. Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth said penalties already are harsh.

“It’s still drunk driving and I don’t see how it’s really going to change,” he said.
Grand Rapids Assistant City Attorney Mike Tomich calls the law “a useful tool for public safety.” But he said he is not certain the provisions will change behavior overall.

Grand Rapids District Court Judge Jeanine LaVille, who oversees sobriety court, said the added mandatory penalties take more discretion from judges, who have crafted sentences based on individual needs and offenses.

“We’re already doing what the Legislature suggests,” LaVille said.

Attorney Lykins said if the state wants to prevent drunken driving, lawmakers could consider taking the law to its logical conclusion.

“We could demand that car manufactures have interlock devices as standard equipment,” Lykins said, “just like seatbelts.”

Why Is Congress So Afraid of Mail Order Wine?

Source: Fox News

By: Angela Logomasini

Date: September 29, 2010

The quest by wine and beer wholesalers to maintain their “middleman” role within the liquor industry is simply bad news. A bill making its way through the House (H.R. 5034) sponsored by Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) supports wholesalers’ promises to limit consumer choice and disadvantage retailers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and importers.

The topic is the subject of hearings before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today. Not surprisingly, wholesalers hope this legislation will protect the “three-tier system” for distribution of alcohol, which nearly all states impose. The system requires that alcohol producers (wineries, distillers, brewers, and importers) sell only to wholesalers, who in turn market the products to retailers. It thereby bans any mutually beneficial sales between retailers (wine shops, restaurants, etc) and wineries or other producers that could enhance product selection and save money for consumers.

H.R. 5034 strikes back against market liberalization that the Supreme Court fostered with its ruling in Granholm v. Heald. In that case, the Court ruled that laws in Michigan and New York violated the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The laws essentially banned shipments from out-of-state wineries to New York and Michigan residents, but allowed the wineries in those states to ship wine. The court held that any such regulations must apply equally to in-state and out-of-state businesses.

Since then, many states have begun allowing direct-to-consumer wine shipping. Richard Mendelson, wine lawyer and author of “From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America,” notes: “Within two and half years of ‘Granholm,’ eleven states had leveled up, and none had leveled down completely. Those states had to open their borders to all direct shipping or close them entirely.” This increased freedom has been a boon to consumers who otherwise would have fewer options. It also helps wineries who have trouble marketing specialty products in a world of increasing competition and consolidation among wholesalers.

But the logic of “Granholm” should also apply to retailers, who are now fighting in federal courts for the right to skip the wholesaler tier. The nation’s largest wine retailer-Costco-has gained a partial victory in Washington state and is helping advance a ballot initiative there that would basically break Washington state’s three-tier mandates.

Wholesalers fear the spread of such deregulation. “Direct-to-consumer shipments will never drive a wholesaler out of business, but the deregulation it is fostering will,” noted Craig Wolf of the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America in a 2007 issue of The American. Accordingly, wholesalers have been spending millions in PAC donations to members of Congress, pushing them to pass H.R. 5034. The bill would exercise Congress’s constitutional power to regulate commerce by explicitly allowing states to impose regulations would otherwise violate the Commerce Clause.

As introduced, the bill would have allowed states to pass pretty much any regulation they desired, but a scaled-down substitute version that Rep. Delahunt is expected to offer today remains problematic. Tom Wark of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association points out that this draft opens the door to a host of directly discriminatory state regulations focused on retailers, which could ultimately limit consumers’ online buying options.

But consumers who buy direct from wineries or breweries should remain concerned. In addition to curbing freedoms for retailers, the new draft could also bolster state laws that indirectly discriminate against producers. In other words, it might allow discriminatory tax policies or other regulations that would make direct shipping less viable.

Not only is this legislation bad for consumer freedom, it isn’t necessary to “save” the wholesaler business. Wholesalers will not disappear without a mandated three-tier system. In fact, wholesalers do well in places like California and Washington, D.C. where there are no such mandates. Wholesalers exist because they provide a valuable service in getting products to market-but they should have to compete for their place like everyone else.

A key reason the founders drafted the Constitution was to prevent trade impediments between states and maximize individual freedom. Using Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause to impede commerce simply to serve one-special interest is pure folly.

Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. in American Politics, is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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Michigan: Sunday morning liquor sales get OK

Source: Freep.com

By: Christ Christoff and Kathleen Gray

September 30, 2010

For drinkers, it was Christmas in September when Legislature voted to allow liquor sales Sunday mornings and Christmas Day.

Now, the question is: Will Gov. Jennifer Granholm be the Scrooge? Her spokeswoman Liz Boyd said the governor has concerns to resolve before she would sign the bill. It would also allow wine and beer tasting at grocery and party stores and others with package liquor sales licenses.

The changes had been sought for years by owners of bars and liquor retailers. Alcohol could be sold from 7 a.m. Sundays to 2 a.m. Monday mornings with a special $160 permit. Currently, liquor sales are banned Sundays until noon.

The bill also would allow beer, wine and liquor sales up to midnight Christmas Eve and after noon on Christmas Day. Liquor sales are now prohibited after 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas.

Ellen Belanger, manager of the Park Bar near Comerica Park and Ford Field in Detroit, said the new law could be a boon for business on game days. “They’d be in here early for their Bloody Marys and mimosas,” she said.

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