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Published March 23, 2011, 06:37 PM

ND Senate Rejects Bar Dining for Minors

Letting teenagers eat in bars proved too much for the North Dakota Senate to stomach. Senators voted 30-17 on Wednesday to defeat legislation that would have allowed anyone into a bar for a meal, as long as they ate at a table.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Letting teenagers eat in bars proved too much for the North Dakota Senate to stomach.

Senators voted 30-17 on Wednesday to defeat legislation that would have allowed anyone into a bar for a meal, as long as they ate at a table.

The measure said a bar needed to be smoke-free and have a kitchen and indoor grill before it could let in anyone younger than 21.

The bill's supporters say the change is needed in rural communities, because local bars are often the only places anyone can get something to eat outside of the home.

Critics of the proposal say it would have caused enforcement problems. They pointed out it would have applied in North Dakota's largest cities as well as its small towns.

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