How to get your favorite restaurants to accept the new ban on pork and alcohol
A new law in Idaho would make it a misdemeanor for a restaurant to serve food that contains pork or alcohol.
The bill, SB 1310, was introduced by State Representative Michael J. Fuchs (R-Wash.) and is pending a House vote on Monday.
The Idaho Restaurant Association, which represents some of the state’s top restaurants, supports the bill.
“We are glad that the Legislature has recognized that food choices have to reflect Idaho’s diverse history and culture,” the Idaho Restaurant and Lodging Association (IRLA) said in a statement.
“The Idaho Restaurant Act protects Idaho’s food and beverage industry by ensuring that our food choices are respectful and balanced and that Idaho’s restaurants are not forced to serve pork, alcohol, or other dangerous foods.”
The bill would also require businesses to post a sign on their doors that states, “This restaurant serves alcohol.”
Fuchs said the law would allow Idahoans to feel safer.
“People are tired of people sneaking alcohol in,” he said.
“I think the public is tired of restaurants not knowing that they have a responsibility to the customers, to the state and to the community.”
Fuches law would apply to all restaurants and bars, regardless of size.
The legislation, which passed the House on a 22-16 vote on March 23, was approved by the Senate last month.
Fuchens bill, HB 1310 would not apply to public parks, which could still be used for recreational events.
It does not include provisions for banning the consumption of alcohol by minors, or any other regulations.
The new law would also take effect after Jan. 1, 2019.
Idaho is the second state to take a strong stance on the consumption and sale of alcohol.
In July of 2016, the state passed a law banning the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21.
That law has since been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This legislation will ensure that Idahoans have a safe, legal and responsible place to consume alcohol and it will also help us continue to uphold our strong, moral values by promoting responsible consumption of our food, beverages and other products,” Fuchess said in an announcement on the legislation.
Fuhs bill is likely to be debated again next week in the Idaho Senate.