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Two new alcohol laws take effect
Tighter on bouncers, looser on souvenir beer
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House Bill 152, sometimes informally called Michaels Law, resulted from the advocacy of Michael S. and Kathy Lee Gatto after their oldest child, Michael Joseph, 18, died from injuries received in a violent encounter with an off-duty bouncer at a Statesboro nightclub called Rude Rudys last August 28.
Two new Georgia laws that take effect today pertain to alcoholic beverages and have Statesboro connections. One law makes 21 both the minimum age to work as a bouncer and also, with some loopholes, the minimum age to enter a “bar.” The other law lets breweries include up to 72 ounces of take-home beer in the price of a tour.
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