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Bill to ban powdered alcohol heads to full House for amendments

Legislation that would ban powdered alcohol in Idaho is headed to the full House for amendments, after members of the House State Affairs Committee raised various questions about the bill on Thursday. So far, 27 states have already prohibited the substance, marketed as Palcohol, state Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson told the committee, and several more states are considering bans this year.

Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder, argued against the ban, the AP reports, contending the Legislature shouldn't start regulating a product that isn't on the market yet. To arguments that the substance can be concealed or mixed, she said, “Well, I don't think we should outlaw Everclear because we could mix it with Jell-O and make Jell-O shots." AP reporter Kathryn Haake has a full report here.

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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