Raising drink special prices could take a step forward

Posted on 7 March 2018 at 7:33pm

COLUMBIA - Drink specials are a common practice among bars in downtown Columbia, but the city might be closer to regulating them. 

Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas said in an email thread he wants the commission to draft ordinance language, according to Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp. 

Having actual draft proposal language to look at allows people to accurately comment on the proposal, Trapp said.

Kim Dude, a member of the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission and the director of the MU Wellness Resource Center, said it won't happen overnight.

"This is the closest we've ever come I believe, and we still have a long way to go," she said. 

Trapp said writing a proposed ordinance is an important step.

"Sometimes you don't get actual stakeholder involvement until there's actual ordinance language," Trapp said. 

Dude said the regulations in the proposal include the following: 

  • Ending drink specials at 11 p.m.
  • Soda can not be more expensive than the cheapest alcoholic drink
  • Alcoholic drinks can not be sold for under two dollars for a standard-sized drink

Trapp said the council might not see the proposed legislation for another couple of months. 

Dude said, "This is not something that is going to happen overnight. People will have the opportunity to voice their concerns in public hearings or individually to their city council people."