Drinking ban at ND college sports events beaten

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed ban on drinking at North Dakota college sporting events has been beaten in the state House.

Valley City Rep. Phillip Mueller says the issue should be left to the colleges themselves. He says some college arenas serve alcohol to adults, and the bill would prevent them from doing it.

Representatives voted 78-13 on Monday to defeat the proposal. It sought to ban drinking at college games, and on nearby property, if anyone younger than 18 was there.

Hampden Rep. Chuck Damschen sponsored the measure. He says it was intended to fight underage drinking in North Dakota.

Damschen says opponents of the bill claimed it was an attempt to ban tailgating at college games. He says it would have only prohibited drinking at tailgate parties.