SB 1074, the bill to allow a special liquor license for the Caldwell Night Rodeo, has passed the Senate on a 27-8 vote. It expands a 1984 law that crafted a special liquor license for the Lewiston Roundup, by adjusting the acreage and city-limits rules so that it matches the Caldwell event as well. “What it does is make sure that they are in compliance always with liquor laws, and not at the mercy of a caterer,” said Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston.
Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, said, “Literally, the difference is whether there will be a profit that goes to a caterer, or whether all of the money will end up being used for charitable purposes in Caldwell and in Canyon County. That’s what we’re voting on. That’s the effect of this bill. It’s not whether we’ll start having alcohol, because we’ll continue to have alcohol at the CNR. All the effect of the bill is where the money goes, and so I would urge you to support this bill.” The measure now heads to the House side.