Associated Press, Published January 25 2011
Proposed drinking ban at North Dakota college sporting events defeatedBISMARCK – A proposed ban on drinking at North Dakota college sporting events has been beaten in the state House.
Valley City Rep. Phillip Mueller says the issue should be left to the colleges themselves. He says some college arenas serve alcohol to adults, and the bill would prevent them from doing it.
Representatives voted 78-13 on Monday to defeat the proposal. It sought to ban drinking at college games, and on nearby property, if anyone younger than 18 was there.
Hampden Rep. Chuck Damschen sponsored the measure. He said opponents of the bill called it an attempt to ban tailgating at college games, when it would only have prohibited drinking.
Damschen said the defeat of the bill was “a vote to do nothing” about underage drinking.