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Wausau City Council will vote on sober server ordinance for second time

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - The city council in Wausau will vote for a second time Tuesday night on whether bartenders should be halfway sober when they serve customers.

The Council voted 8-2 on January 15th to require tavern workers to have blood alcohol levels of no more than 0.04 percent, or half the state's minimum for drunk drivers.

Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple vetoed the measure, saying bar owners and their employees should have been given more time to comment -- and the city should not regulate a private business like that.

According to the Wausau Daily Herald, some aldermen say the mayor has a flimsy justification for his veto. They said the measure was discussed in a public committee meeting in December -- and the mayor has let several other measures go into affect which regulate the private sector.

Council president Lisa Rasmussen said Tuesday's decision should be about public safety and alcohol concerns -- and not about politics.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)