Alaska Legislature approves bill allowing liquor sales at the state fair

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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska State Fair would be able to continue serving liquor after legislation amending certain alcohol laws passed through the Alaska Legislature Wednesday evening.

Concerns had been raised in 2018 by the Alaska Alcohol Control Board that the Alaska State Fair did not fall into a recreational category that allowed beer and wine to be served.

As written, state law allows recreational alcohol sales at events like hockey games, dog sled races and curling matches. The Alaska State Fair does not fit into any of those categories, putting it in legal jeopardy.

Senate Bill 16 introduced by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, would also allow performing arts centers to sell alcohol as well as some skiing and snowboarding areas.

Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, successfully introduced an amendment Wednesday evening that provides a path forward for Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau to also be included in the recreational alcohol license category.

A spokesman from the governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy would sign the bill.

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