Lawmakers are debating a measure today that would prohibit minors from lying about their age when working with police during alcohol compliance checks. This legislation would require minors working with authorities in sting operations to admit their age if they are asked by a bartender or clerk.
Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Chairman Bob Batt opposes this legislation. He stated he doesn’t want to see bars and package stores get the easy way out when it comes to compliance checks.
Batt says there is an easy solution. Clerks and bartenders need to have a person pull out their driver’s license. He says the state of Nebraska has made it easy to determine if someone is under the age of 21. Driver’s licenses are printed horizontal for adults and vertical for those under 21.
Police often use minors to test whether Nebraska businesses are illegally selling alcohol to those under 21. Supporters of this measure say it is unfair to business owners if minors are allowed to lie in an attempt to purchase alcohol as part of a police investigation.