Juneau Adopts Demerit Point Ordinance For Liquor License Holders

(Juneau) The Juneau Common Council Tuesday night unanimously adopted a demerit point ordinance to govern liquor license holders. City officials began working on the law after allegations arose of sex-trafficking at two Dodge County strip clubs – the Hardware Store in Clyman and the TNT Gentleman’s Club in Lebanon. The owner of the Hardware Store also owns the Solomon strip club in Juneau which was not named in the federal complaint. The ordinance will allow the municipality to suspend or revoke the liquor license of establishments that fail to follow the law. Police Chief Dave Beal says the ordinance is an insurance policy for the city.

Taverns could be assessed 150 points for not cooperating with police, having illegal controlled substances on premises, violating municipal or state laws or operating an adult entertainment business unless permitted by law. Eighty points could be assessed for selling alcohol to an underage patron, having minors on premises without parent or guardian and selling alcohol to an intoxicated person. Fifty points could be assessed for exceeding posted capacity and failing to notify the police of a fight. Not having a licensed bartender on premises could result in a 40-point assessment.

An establishment that collects between 50 and 149 points in a rolling 12-month period could be warned of the consequences of additional violations. For demerits totaling between 150 and 199 points, a warning could be issued, or a liquor license could be suspended for between ten days and three months. Demerits in excess of 200 points could result in the license being suspended for between ten-to-90-days, or revocation.