Photo ID Vote Awaits Legal Opinion

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

Last (Tuesday) night the Anchorage Assembly again postponed its debate and vote on a mandatory photo ID requirement to purchase alcohol at city package stores and possibly bars and restaurants.

Just before the public hearing began, Chair Debbie Ossiander announced that the assembly was postponing any action on three proposed ID ordinances.   She said Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler would look into any legal conflicts.

During an assembly break, Wheeler said he and Assembly Attorney, Julia Tucker would determine if state law preempts locally required, mandatory ID checks.   That law demands owners and employees of businesses selling alcohol check IDs only if they are suspicious the person is under age.

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