A bill that was originally created to extend the amount of hours wineries could be open, has an amendment that could keep you from drinking alcohol while tailgating.
Lawmakers didn’t realize until last week the reprecutions this amendment could have.
It was initially created to make sure rental properties had necessary licensure.
“It totally changes the character and the history and the tradition of pre-activity at Lambeau Field,” says former Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis. “For 40 years of being in the Senate and assembly this is about the dumbest bill I’ve ever seen.”
The bill itself proposes wineries can close at midnight instead of 9 p.m.
But an amendment tacked on to that bill prohibits the consumption of alcohol on private property.
For instance, if a private property owner is paid for the temporary use of their home for a specific event, consuming alcohol would be prohibited unless the property owner had a liquor license.
“First of all I don’t know how they’re going to enforce it, but, you’re telling me that now that I need a liquor license or something like that to have an alcoholic beverage on my own property is ridiculous,” says John Luby.
Luby has owned his home by Lambeau for four years.
He says he and his wife have people on their property often during Packers games.
He’s hoping lawmakers will rethink the bill’s amendment.
And it’s not too late because it still needs to reach the senate.
“When the senate votes against that amendment, this bill for all practical purposes is dead, unless they send them back and clean bill without this provision in it,” says Ellis.
“You’re trying to say that every house now has to be like an establishment or a bar which is not the case,” says Luby. “It’s my personal home so how are you going to tell me what to do in my own backyard?”
The bill’s author, representative John Nygren told reporters over the weekend that the intent of the bill was not to regulate tailgating.
Today we called representative Nygren to ask how the bill could pass with this amendment in it, he has yet to respond.