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Wed., Feb. 20, 2013, 11:01 a.m.

Nez Perce Tribe’s liquor license bill squeaks through House State Affairs

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce tribe's effort to win a liquor license for its new convention center on the Clearwater River squeaked through a committee to win a chance for a vote in the full House. Wednesday's State Affairs Committee vote was 9-7 for the plan to allow the tribe to sell cocktails to guests at its casino, convention center and 50-room hotel six miles upstream from Lewiston in northcentral Idaho. The tribe needs an exemption, under Idaho's strict, decades-old liquor laws meant to promote temperance and sobriety.Bill proponents including business groups from the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley cited the convention center project's economic development benefits to the region — and the expectation among guests from elsewhere to be able to relax with an adult beverage. Foes worried issuing another liquor license exemption could devalue existing liquor licenses.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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