Senate backs rodeo liquor bill

Senate backs rodeo liquor bill

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Senate backs rodeo liquor bill

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 11:43 AM

BOISE -- A measure to win a liquor license for the Caldwell Night Rodeo hasn't been bucked off yet.

The Senate Wednesday backed the bill, 27-8, sending it to the House for further debate.

Here's how this legislation materialized: serving booze on some nights at the annual August event has been done for years.

The only problem is, the event's organizers have been doing it via a local restaurant's catering permit, which state liquor regulators say isn't proper.

Consequently, the outfit that runs the rodeo and donates thousands yearly to charity including cancer research sought Republican Sen. Patti Anne Lodge to spearhead the effort to win it a specialty liquor license.

Lodge argues this new liquor license is a necessary part of helping the event make money and continue its charitable activities.

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