The penalty for businesses that sell alcohol to underage people in Oregon could double. That’s under a proposal being considered by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
A Harrisburg teen who lost his leg in a car wreck is suing the drunk driver who crashed into him — along with the Salem brewery accused of over-serving the driver— for $3.5 million.
New Texas laws go into effect this Sept. 1 which were passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year. Here are a few of the big ones:
Beer To Go
Craft breweries can now sell up to a case of beer per customer, per day, to go.
Restaurants, bars or businesses with a permit can deliver alcohol with food to homes or other locations.
(Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019)
Forensic Testing of Rape Kits
A new law will add staffing and money for forensic testing of rape kits. It will require an audit of untested kits and extend the statute of limitations. The law is named after Lavinia Masters, whose rape wasn’t tested for 20 years after she was sexually assaulted at 13 years old.
Welcome to Bar Raised, our recurring column that proves that Texans like to spend copious amounts of their income participating in the Great American Pastime. We know this because, as Reddit user BadLemur once pointed out, the Texas Comptroller keeps tabs on that sort of thing and makes all that info public record. Any establishment in the state that holds a Mixed Beverage license must report all sales revenue generated from the sale of liquor, beer and wine at their establishments on a monthly basis. The comptroller, in turn, puts all that info into a conveniently navigable database. And then we break down Dallas’ numbers for you here.
Bars are filled with people trying to look cool.
Maybe you’re trying to impress your squad. Maybe you’re trying, and failing, to woo someone on a first date.
Or maybe you just want to appear cool in front of me, your bartender.
And why not? Bartenders are hip. We stand in front of people and do things most people probably can’t do.
So it’s no surprise that folks sometimes try to impress us — or at least not disappoint us — when it’s their big moment in front of us: ordering a drink.
No matter what kind of drink you order, we’ll happily make it with a smile. But that said, there are some types of drinks we’ll secretly judge you for requesting.
Here are 16 orders that bartenders are sure to secretly judge you for:
Beginning next month, driver’s licenses in Washington state will be changing. Regular licenses and ID cards will be marked with the words “federal limits apply.” Oregon is going down this path too, but not until mid-2020.
After years of resistance, Washington, Oregon and other holdout states are coming in line with stricter federal driver’s license security standards—called REAL ID for short.
Washington needs a two-tier system because policymakers previously decided the state will not verify immigration status before issuing a regular driver’s license. Oregon will similarly offer a traditional license and a federally-compliant ID, but for a different reason; so drivers don’t have to bring in a pile of documents to prove identity and citizenship every time they renew.
Washington Department of Licensing’s Beau Perschbacher said you’ll need the more expensive REAL ID-compliant license to get into some federal facilities or go through airport security by late 2020.
“Know your options,” Perschbacher said. “Start thinking about REAL ID now, before you’re at that point where you can’t get on a plane.”
“The key point is domestic air travel,” Perschbacher continued. “Where this really affects people’s lives is that starting in October 2020, when the enforcement will begin for TSA, you can no longer get on a plane for a domestic flight with a standard driver’s license or ID card. You will not be able to make it through that security checkpoint of TSA.”
“Some of the less common other areas where you would need a REAL ID-compliant document would be access to certain secure federal facilities like a military base, and finally, access to nuclear power plants,” Perschbacher said.
A passport, military ID, or an enhanced driver’s license are alternatives that meet the approval of the federal Homeland Security Department and TSA.
Standard driver’s licenses can continue to be used for driving, as identification in business contexts, applying for federal benefits and at post offices, among other uses.
Regular Washington state driver’s licenses issued after July 1 will have the “federal limits apply” disclaimer. Regular licenses and ID cards cost $54 and last six years. The state’s current enhanced driver’s license, which costs $78 for six years, complies with federal REAL ID requirements. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for it.
Oregon DMV spokesman David House said Oregon plans to switch to a two-tier driver’s license system in mid-2020 in conjunction with a planned computer upgrade. He said the state’s REAL ID-compliant cards will cost extra, but how much extra has yet to be determined.
Oregon DMV offices verify the legal residency status of license applicants. Oregon voters soundly rejected the idea of issuing alternative driver’s licenses and state identification cards to undocumented immigrants in 2014 when the issue was placed on the ballot via a citizen referendum.
Both Oregon and Washington state are planning extensive publicity and outreach campaigns to educate people about the most appropriate license options.
Washington Department of Licensing takes steps to comply with Real ID Act
New marking to be added to all standard-issue driver licenses and ID cards
Olympia – Starting July 1, 2018, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will begin marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with the language, “federal limits apply.” The change aims to bring Washington into compliance with the federal Real ID Act, which requires all states to mark identification documents that do not comply with the federal law. Under Legislation signed (app.leg.wa.gov) by Gov. Jay Inslee, DOL expects to be in full compliance with the REAL ID Act by fall 2018.
Over the next two years, all Washington residents will have to make a choice about their identity documents. By October 1, 2020, standard driver licenses and ID cards will no longer be an acceptable form of identification for boarding domestic flights and entering some secure federal facilities, like military bases and nuclear power plants. DOL’s enhanced driver licenses (EDLs) and enhanced ID (EIDs) cards are Real ID compliant, and valid for travel as are passports, permanent resident cards and military IDs.
Standard driver license and ID cards can continue to be used for the following:
- Applying for or receiving federal benefits
- Entering a federal facility that does not require ID (post office)
An enhanced driver license or ID card is completely voluntary and optional. Some commonly needed documents to get and EDL/EID are certified birth certificate, U.S. passport or military ID. A full list of document options to obtain an enhanced driver license or ID card is available on the DOL website.
“If you know you will not be flying or already have a federally approved document such as a U.S. passport, passport card or military ID, you do not need an enhanced driver license or ID card,” said DOL Director Pat Kohler. “There is plenty of time to educate yourself on all options and choose the identification that works best for you.”
For a full list of federally accepted documents and information about REAL ID and what it means for Washington, visit the DOL website.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police acting on a tip discovered 16 people working in a marijuana-processing warehouse that investigators believe to be illegal.
Sgt. Chris Burley said Tuesday that documents provided to investigators showed the marijuana was being grown for several patients under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
Burley says program guidelines would allow the operation to have up to 30 mature plants. Officers seized 500 plants weighing a total of 3,000 pounds.