BOISE -- The Caldwell Night Rodeo could continue its tradition of booze and bucking broncos, under a measure working through the Senate.

The Senate State Affairs Committee backed the plan 6-3 Monday.

For years, hard liquor has been served at the 78-year-old event, using a catering permit from a local restaurant.

But the state liquor regulator said last year that was actually illegal.

Consequently, event organizers now want an exemption.

Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise concedes he remembers alcohol-fueled fights at rodeos in Caldwell, but said he supported the plan as an important part of the city's economy.

Sen. Bart Davis of Idaho Falls countered he was opposed to making it easier to drink at family events, pointing out the bill could expand cocktail drinking to rodeos in other communities, too.

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