Regents Give Early Approval To Rules For Beer, Wine Sales

The state Board of Regents has given early approval to rules governing the sale of beer and wine at special events hosted at South Dakota’s public universities.

A spokeswoman said Wednesday that a final decision is expected at the board’s June meeting.

The policy allows, but doesn’t require potential sales. It also specifies that beer and wine access must be controlled and restricts the beverage sales to premium seating at student athletic events.

Past state law didn’t ban serving alcohol, but on-campus sales were prohibited until a measure allowing them was approved in the 2016 legislative session.

Tim Reed is mayor of Brookings, home to South Dakota State University. Reed says he hopes allowing the sales will increase sales tax revenues and improve amenities to attract people to the city.