Before each game, Green Bay Packers fans look forward to the party before the game. But if the lobbyists pushing a new state law get their way, fans will find it much harder to indulge one of their favorite indulgences, Tailgating.
Tailgating is the game before the game, and it’s become something that fans do. It’s like the pre-party before you head out. Now it might all be gone.
A new state law has been churning its way through the state capital at Madison, Wisconsin, that would force property owners to purchase a liquor license before renting out parking spaces for fans to tailgate, the Washington Post reported. This would essentially ban tailgate parties where fans rent a parking spot to imbibe alcohol to party it up before a game, that is unless the property owner pays the fee for the license.
Here’s a little more detail on the bill below:
Attorneys at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) have issued a legal memo explaining how AB 433 – with the approved Substitute Amendment 1 – would make it significantly harder for people to enjoy Wisconsin’s long-standing tradition of tailgating, even at Lambeau Field.
The bill regulates the consumption of alcohol on certain nonpublic (and public) places by requiring an expensive retail license to be obtained.
WILL Executive Vice President CJ Szafir, explains:
“What major policy problem the bill is designed to solve is a mystery to us. But what is clear – whether intended or unintended – is that the amendment would negatively impact people’s ability to enjoy a beer at their tailgate before a Packers, Badgers, or Brewers game.
This raises the question of whether the government needs to be interring with people’s recreational activities. Is there some good reason why the legislature needs to restrict Wisconsinites ability to have a brat and a beer on public or private property before a sports game? We’d like to hear it.”
A substitute amendment to Assembly Bill 433 was introduced last February. In short, the bill prohibits a person or business from charging someone who would consume alcohol on their property. Unless, of course, they obtain a license from a municipality.
The WILL legal analysis concludes that this could impact tailgating outside of a sports event. Consider a homeowner, with property outside of Lambeau Field, who wants to charge people to park on his lot. There could be no alcohol consumed on his property, under this amendment.
The bill and amendment unanimously passed the Assembly by voice vote. It is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
Read the full WILL analysis of the substitute amendment to AB 433 HERE.
Tailgating is almost bigger than going to the game at this point. Americans like an excuse to start drinking as early as possible. Tailgating is awesome, let’s hope they don’t take this away from Packers fans.