Changes Made to Wisconsin Alcohol Laws
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed bill 236, which put act 62 into law. This bill, commonly known as the “wine walk bill,” allows groups of businesses, that do not normally serve alcohol or food to their customers, to purchase wine and beer to serve to its customers during special events.
During these special events participants who are at least 21 years of age, can buy a glass from the hosting organization and then walk to any business participating to have a sample of whatever wine or beer the chosen business is serving.
State Senator Howard Marklein spearheaded the bill to promote economic growth across the state.
“These events are proven to grow businesses and create stronger communities in the 17th District and throughout the state. Act 62 solves a regulatory problem by creating a legal structure that protects both the citizens and businesses who participate,” said Senator Marklein.
This new law now allows state municipalities to give temporary alcohol permits that include multiple sites on a single day.
While this new law is exciting and will undoubtedly boost local businesses, it does not get rid of all open container laws in Wisconsin. Popping the cork on your favorite bottle of merlot and going for a stroll in your neighborhood park is still illegal.
Act 62 also does not change open containers or OWI laws in Wisconsin. Regardless if a temporary permit is issued, it is still illegal to drink and drive or drive while intoxicated.
If you have been convicted of an OWI in Wisconsin and need legal help call the law office of Huppertz & Powers. With years of OWI experience, Huppertz & Powers will not let their clients be treated unjustly.