Tavern lobby: Hold private events after Eversí decision

Associated Press

March 13, 2019

MADISON  ó Wisconsinís powerful tavern lobby wants bars to hold events without liquor licenses after Gov. Tony Evers said wedding barns donít need licenses.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin told members Tuesday to set up rooms or space in vacant buildings for private events. Groups holding the events could buy alcohol from the bar, which wouldnít have to follow regulations governing licensed establishments.

The league wants wedding barns to obtain licenses like taverns. Former Attorney General Brad Schimel said in November private events in public spaces need liquor licenses. Conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has sued to ensure wedding barns are exempted.