Bill Would Allow Parents to Buy Alcohol for Children 18 and Up
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Drinking for those age 18 and up may become legal, under certain circumstances.
"I think it's insane," said Carolyn Mullins, resident.
"I think it's better that they're with their parents drinking, than sneaking behind their backs," said Rebecca Fleshmin, resident.
Senator Greg Brophy, a Republican lawmaker, is introducing a bill that would allow parents to buy their children 18 years and up alcohol at Colorado bars and restaurants.
"Parents really ought to have the ability to show their kids how to consume an adult beverage in a public place," said Brophy.
"It's going to be a problem, I don't think it needs to pass. Kids are already getting alcohol as it is," said Dana Blade, resident.
"I think it might be an opportunity for a parent to teach an 18-year-old how to drink responsibly and facilitate an appropriate demeanor of drinking," said Fleshmin.
Several local restaurants say if the bill passes, they will honor it, but there would be some serious topics the bill would need to clarify.
One topic needing to be addressed includes how businesses will be able to determine if the person trying to buy the drink is in fact the minor's parent.
"We're always under a lot of pressure to make sure we're not serving a minor or allowing another patron to serve a minor. Being able to determine the parameters of that law would be the challenge for us," said Eric Wilmot, owner of Naggy McGee's Irish Pub.
"It'd be up to the server. If the server believes them, and it looks good to them, they can make the sale. If not, then they can request some type of proof and if the parent cares that much about it, they can take with them some sort of proof that they're the parent of this person," said Brophy.
Residents in favor of the bill say it would remove the mystery that is sometimes associated with alcohol.
"Yeah, if you make it so exciting and sneaky, if you take that intrigue away it might help with underage drinking," said Fleshmin.
Meanwhile, others say it's just going to add more problems.
"I don't think kids are responsible enough, at this time in the world, to start drinking at a younger age," said Terry Bush, resident.
The senator said he is also introducing the bill for service men and women who are old enough to serve their country, but aren't old enough to go out with their parents for a drink.