An ad hoc committee convened by the Laramie City Council in October to evaluate alcohol issues in the city wrapped up its work Monday after nine meetings in recent months.
The committee’s work will be presented to Laramie City Council at a March 12 work session. The ad hoc committee’s report will include a number of recommendations, including restrictions on drink specials after 10 p.m., increasing fines for the use of a fake I.D., more alcohol compliance checks, increased use of I.D. scanners, requirements for businesses to participate in “tavern meetings” to discuss alcohol issues, and greater clarification on which employees of a liquor license-holder need to complete TIPS training.
Most of those recommendations had been approved at the committee’s meeting earlier this month.
Originally, the committee’s recommendation regarding drink specials said those specials should be limited during “late night” hours.
The recommendation was amended to add a specific time frame — 10 p.m. to close — at the suggestion of Albany County Sheriff David O’Malley.
“Having been on city council, I would appreciate, as a council member, having the committee recommending a specific time,” he said.
The ad hoc committee was convened in 2018 largely to consider a possible system that would punish license-holders that are frequently the “last point of consumption” for residents who commit alcohol-involved crimes.
However, the ad hoc committee has opted not to recommend any action regarding the “last point of consumption.”
Laramie Police Department Chief Dale Stalder said punishing license-holders for being the “last point of consumption” is unlikely to be legally justifiable in Wyoming.
“Legally, there’s no mechanism in place to do anything,” he said. “Messing with people’s licenses, I think there has to be some solid ground to stand on.”
All recommendations require action by the council, which would also be responsible for crafting the specifics of each proposal.
The ad hoc committee is recommending city council reconvene the alcohol group in two years to examine the effects of any new alcohol rules the city chooses to enact.