At its last meeting, the Alcohol License Review Committee voted unanimously to place on file (Madison-speak for "kill") an ordinance that would have banned drinking on the job by restaurant and bar staff (See Madison.gov, 12/10/2009).
The ordinance was originally proposed as a way of keeping restaurant workers clearheaded while dispensing booze. But critics said sampling alcohol is a necessary part of working in a restaurant. Brewmasters must taste the beer they're brewing, and waiters must be able to describe and recommend drinks.
The ALRC's decision still needs Common Council approval. But Madison Ald. Mike Verveer is optimistic his council colleagues "will put this well-intentioned but misguided ordinance to bed."