BASSET Training to Expand to All Liquor Servers Under Proposed Plan

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On April 10, 2014, the Illinois House passed a bill which would put some onerous requirements on liquor servers and licensees. The bill (HB5926), if passed, would require all alcohol servers in Cook County to obtain and complete Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training a (BASSET) program. BASSET programs are used to educate servers about how to avoid selling to patrons under the age of 21.

At the present time, only the applicants or managers of a Chicago Liquor License are required to take a BASSET class (MCC 4-60-040(c)). If signed into law, HB5926 would expand the requirements to anyone who sells or serves open containers of alcoholic beverages at retail and anyone whose job description entails the checking of identification for the purchase of alcohol or for entry into a licensed premises. 

This means that all bartenders, wait staff, bouncers, and sales clerks will be required to undergo the training. This also means that failure to get the training could result in disciplinary action against your liquor license.

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The bill is now making its way through the Illinois Senate.

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by Daniel Rubinow, Principal Attorney

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