'They don’t even know this law exists': A new alcohol rule hangs over state...

Assembly Bill 1221, or the Responsible Beverage Service Training Act, will require bartenders, waitstaff and their managers at establishments licensed to serve alcohol to undergo a three- to four-hour training on how alcohol affects the body, the consequences of over-serving, basic laws regulating alcohol and intervention techniques for dealing with inebriated customers. Workers must then pass a two-hour open-book exam.

The law defines an “alcohol server” as anyone responsible for checking identifications, taking customer orders and pouring or delivering alcoholic beverages.

The model works like this: Workers must first register with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Department and pay a $3 fee to receive a nine-digit ID for use in training and testing. Then restaurants — or the workers themselves — must pay a third-party company for online or in-person training. After completing the training, workers have 30 days and three attempts to pass the exam with a 70% or betterscore — otherwise they must restart the process.


I read that article; it’s distressing news.

Restaurants and bars have been pounded hard enough by Covid lockdowns and supply chain issues.

I agree with educating servers about overserving, but taxpayers should foot the bill; it will be much less expensive than paying for emergency response to drunk driving accidents. Also, the rules should be clear and well publicized.