- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - The Wausau City Council plans to try to override a mayoral veto blocking an ordinance that required bartenders to limit their on-the-job drinking.

Wausau Daily Herald Media reported Monday (https://wdhne.ws/1bsu6iM ) that the ordinance required tavern employees to maintain blood-alcohol levels of 0.04 percent, or half the legal limit to drive. The council adopted it on an 8-2 vote on Jan. 15.

Mayor Jim Tipple vetoed the provision less than 24 hours after it passed, saying he wanted to give tavern owners and bartenders more time to give their input and that the city shouldn’t regulate private businesses so tightly. The override vote is set for Tuesday. A successful attempt requires a two-thirds majority vote.

Some council members believe Tipple’s justification for the veto is flimsy, Wausau Daily Herald Media reported. The ordinance was discussed openly in a committee meeting in December and the mayor has allowed several other ordinances affecting the private sector to go into effect.

“The decision Tuesday should be about public safety and alcohol-culture issues, not politics,” the council’s president, Lisa Rasmussen, said.

Tipple has used his veto power three times during his 10 years in office, nixing a council rule that required committee agendas to be completed six days before a meeting; a rule calling for a new committee to appoint committee leaders and members rather than allowing the mayor to continue to appoint members; and a decision to name downtown green space known as The 400 Block as City Square. None of his vetoes were overturned.


Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, https://www.wausaudailyherald.com

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