Ohio Statehouse Bar
August 18, 2011 by USA Post
State officials are discussing a proposal to establish bar only statehouse in the nation – a place where legislators and even members of the public could swing back after a few hours if you reserve the space.
Opponents say it would be inappropriate to open a bar in a government building frequented by schoolchildren, while others indicate that alcohol continues to circulate freely in the Statehouse event.
“My view is the prohibition ended in the 1930′s, what’s the problem?” Said Sen. Bill Seitz, a Republican from Cincinnati. “We’re not talking to George Jones and Willie Nelson on the jukebox and have people who spend all their waking time in the cafeteria of the Capitol, drowning their sorrows. But the idea that there is alcohol in the Legislature must be completely surprising for anyone. ”
Rep. Rex Damschroder, a strong advocate of anti-drinking laws, said the Legislature is a place where adults and children will learn history and see in action the government – not the legislators swollen to the bar.
“Right now, I am aware of no valid reason for a bar located in the center of government operations in Ohio,” he wrote in a recent letter to Statehouse committee operations. “There are lots of bars in downtown Columbus, and the Legislature is the last to be added to the list.”
The catering company that conceived the idea for the installation of granite that serve beer, wine and liquor reserved for events like dinners wedding rehearsal says he was simply trying to attract new customers to an underused basement cafeteria. Capitol Café opened this month, without alcohol. Does not include faucets or other permanent features, such as bars, the spirits must be made in
The panel that oversees the Statehouse operations has slowed the project, assigning a separate study committee to what the company should offer.
The place was not designed to be a traditional bar, Louie Pappas says – and recognizes that a public relations campaign last month, boasting a full-service bar after hours “private happy hour” special bistro menu and flat-screen TVs, went overboard.
“This has been twisted in many ways,” said Pappas, who has rooms and Milo has been receiving angry calls and visitors prying week. “We’re trying to think outside the box and earning a little more for that space. If we succeed in the rent more often, of course, the state receives more money from us and pay more rent. However, investment and risk are ours. ”
Milo pay rent for a total of 10 percent of its gross sales, with half going to the Legislature 150 years old – still is paying 165 million restoration completed in 1996 – and the other half goes to Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, a vocational training program for people with disabilities.
Pappas said he never intended to put alcohol in the opened window, and the bar were not open to the public or during the hours in the bands of children could be roaming the Legislature on a field trip.
Milo was the addition of the bar counter as a natural extension of existing offerings Statehouse. Attend events such as weddings, conferences and legislative receptions and allow alcohol.
Alcohol policy and have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship.
Lawmakers in many states to keep the beer coolers in their common areas or the bottles in the bottom drawer. In Missouri, the beer companies offer the offices of legislators. Legislators in some states, including drinking on the legislative floor or fill in the halls of the members.
West Virginia Senate has a lounge as well known as “Junior Senate Rules” where lawmakers poured alcohol. During the afternoon sessions at night, they emerge holding plastic cups barrel several years ago, a senator hit on the desk of a member during an animated presentation. The errant legislator apologized to the body, not just to beat on the table companion, but also a glass of wine with him.
R. Patrick Sullivan, co-author of a blog called Booze & Policy, said that drinking the politicians began to go underground in the 1980′s, C-SPAN and YouTube later increased the likelihood of public embarrassment. It’s a shame, said in an email – since alcohol can lubricate a good political agreement.
“I think we’ve gone too far in the opposite direction in the separation of workplace beverage political,” he said. “If Democrats and Republicans can meet in the bar offers a libation after work, we should not bring more civility in politics? The same guy who the president is asking for?”
Many states have drinking spots within walking distance of the gates of the legislature, as the Officers Club in Hartford, Connecticut; Jack Oyster House in Albany, NY; Mitchell, Columbus, and the Wardrobe, in Austin, Texas, which running a live broadcast of the proceedings of the chamber in session days.
A recent report by the National Institute of money in state politics is the alcoholic beverage industry contributed more than $ 35 million for state political campaigns around the country in 2010. About 35 percent went to bills, with money remaining almost equally divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Counter that political influence is a strong support in the consumption of alcohol, especially in conservative states.
However, the legislatures of the modern era have often resisted the temptation to public displays of drinking water in the land of their capitols, out of respect for its institutions and the fear of political repercussions. There is no legislature has a bar like the one proposed in Ohio, the Associated Press investigation found, although some allow special drink catered events.
The walls of the restored Rathskeller in the Minnesota Capitol are the German sports phrases that celebrate drinking, but became a normal coffee shop in 1937.
In Utah, where the majority of legislators are Mormon, a religion that frowns on alcohol intake, the state legislature explicitly forbids alcohol. Lawmakers had to obtain an exemption for the 2002 Olympic games to host a pair of receptions in the building.
It is the second time in recent years of a controlled substance Ohio exploits has drawn attention. Last year, then-Gov. Public safety director, Ted Strickland, has lost her job after calling off a planned sting involving prisoners suspected of using their jobs in the governor’s residence to channel snuff in jail.
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