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Bill would reduce liability of serving intoxicated customers

A bill that has been sent to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk aims to reduce the amount of liability businesses have when it comes to selling alcohol to intoxicated patrons.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 10:10 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2018 6:56 AM

KIMT NEWS 3 - A bill that has been sent to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk aims to reduce the amount of liability businesses have when it comes to selling alcohol to intoxicated patrons.
The bill looks to lower the liability on bar owners to make dramshop protection more affordable. Dramshop protection essentially covers alcohol related incidents, more specifically, to the point of intoxication.
The bill also looks to reduce the number of lawsuits that are filed against those who serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons by lowering the amount of damages that can be sued for to $259,000 unless a jury finds that severe body damage was done.
A former North Iowa Police Officer, Roger Trettin, of Rockford, worries this could lead to more drunk drivers. He says most of the responsibility is on the driver because it is their decision, but said the business needs to share some of the responsibility.
“If they are going to be selling alcohol to their customers, they need to be taking the reasonability of controlling the amount some people drink," he said. 

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