Finally a job that I am actually qualified to hold. Democratic Utah Rep. Brian Doughty has proposed a bill that would require that at least two members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission be actual drinkers. Send me in coach.
Doughty is clearly responding to the view that the state has been historically hostile to drinkers and bars due to the dominant Mormon faith in the state. For non-Mormons, the Commission is often akin to vegetarians regulating the meat industry.
Doughty’s bill would make drinking a bona fide occupational qualification — a breakthrough for drinkers everywhere.
What does concern me is that Doughty does not specify the level of drinking necessary to hold one of the two positions. For those of us who are over-achievers, this would allow a once a week lite beer drinker to compete equally with those of us who have distinguished ourselves in countless bar and drunk tanks. All that is required is an affidavit. Heck, I can do better than that. I can give references from a dozen bartenders and an equal number of arresting officers.