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Municipal Policies

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Local elected officials have an important responsibility with the alcohol environment in their communities. However, local officials are not the only players on alcohol policies; state law can also change what happens at the local level and some of these changes can be challenging to decipher. The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project regularly provides resources regarding many different laws and policies, whether new or changed state law, or ordinances enacted by communities that are working well and could be models for other communities. Check back here often, as we plan to update frequently to provide you with summaries of state law changes as well as items that may be of interest when considering improving the local alcohol environment.

Policy Resources

Brewer's Offsite Retail Location Summary

To avoid unpleasant surprises by brewers’ pop-up retail outlets, the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project’s summary on brewer’s permits explains what municipalities can do to regulate brewer’s off-site outlets.

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Social Host Law Summary

Wisconsin law prohibits adults from providing a location for underage drinking. Read the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project’s summary of the Social Host Law.

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Bollard Advertising and Alcohol

Low-height advertising of alcohol, such as on short pillars known as bollards, is highly effective at attracting the attention of young children, which primes them for greater alcohol consumption. See what actions the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project recommends for reducing bollard (and other low-height) advertising in your community.

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Sober Server Ordinances Summary

People who sell or serve alcohol while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs may make poor decisions about when to refuse service to an underage or intoxicated patron. This analysis by the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project summarizes explains how sober server or impaired server ordinances can help communities.

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Responsible Beverage Service Training

A 50-state analysis of responsible beverage service training programs.

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