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Senate Passes Dram Shop Law

March 19, 2002
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB 817

Missouri's Senate has voted to protect bartenders from lawsuits.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Right now, bartenders can be held liable for the subsequent actions of their customers.

But the Senate has decided to place more restrictions on when someone can sue a bartender.

This bill says someone can sue only if they can prove that the bartender clearly knew a customer was too drunk, or was a minor--but served that person anyway.

Senator Chuck Gross from St. Charles says the bill clarifies what's typically been Missouri law:

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The bill faces another vote in the Senate before heading to the House.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.