Shoshone-Bannock Casino bar rendering.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is proposing amending the Alcohol Beverage Control Ordinance to allow the sale of hard liquor at the new Shoshone-Bannock Casino.
Currently beer and wine is sold at the existing Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Events Center that the tribal membership approved in 2012.
The new lounge called the “Stampede” is where hard liquor will be served that is only open to those 21 years of age and older where drinks can only be consumed and not taken on the casino floor.
The Tribes follow state law and Bingham County laws pertain to licensing, along with hours of operation.
A 30-day period for public comment begins December 3 and ends January 11, 2019 according to a Tribal Public Affairs press release. Two public meetings are scheduled December 5 and December 19 at the Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. Representatives from the Casino and Hotel will also be attending December Reservation district meetings to provide copies of the ordinance and answer questions.
Changes to the existing ordinance include:
Definitions were changed to include spirits (liquor) and to include the definition of premise. The Tribes operate on an “On-Premise” license.
Section 2. Definitions A. Terms Defined. As used in the Ordinance the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise”
2) Alcohol beverage includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, and very liquid or solid containing alcohol, spirits, wins, beer and which contains one half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume and which is fit for beverage purposes either alone or when diluted, mixed or combined with other substances. It removes subsections a. b. and c.
4) Beer means any beverage obtained by the alcoholic fermentation of an infusion or decoction of barley, malt, hops and/or other ingredients in drinking water, containing not more than nine percent (rather than six percent) of alcohol by volume. The percentage for beer went up from six to nine percent because of the popularity of microbrew and craft beers.
10) “Premises” shall mean the area from which the licensee or permittee is authorized to sell, dispense, or serve alcoholic beverages under provisions of the license or special permit.
14) “Spirits” means any beverage, which contains alcohol, obtained by distillation mixed with drinking water and other substances in solution including among other things, brandy, rum, whiskey and gin.
17) Wine means any beverage, which contains alcohol, obtained by fermentation of the natural sugar content of fruits or other agricultural products containing sugar and which contains not more than fourteen percent of alcohol by volume.
Section 13. Prohibitions and limitations concerning sale and distribution of alcoholic beverage. The recommended serving age was changed from 21 to 19. In the State of Idaho it is only required to be 19 years old to serve alcohol.
An additional change is to clarify the Special Event Permit terms of conditions to allow alcohol use for individuals or groups to be approved by the Alcohol Beverage Commission.
Tribal members can obtain a copy of the proposed changes to the ordinance at the Tribal Attorney’s office or the Gaming/Hotel Human Resources office. For more information contact Chaney Colter at 208-252-2882 or firstname.lastname@example.org