SD Lawmakers Discussing Alcohol Delivery Bill
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – What if you didn’t have to brave the cold to buy your favorite beer? That convenience could soon be a reality in South Dakota. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow people 21 and over to order alcohol online or over the phone.
Some family-owned liquor stores say this bill would put them at a disadvantage.
“It’s another mark against us to spend more money trying to as they say, ‘keep up with the Jones,’” said Scot Harvey, the assistant manager of Fogies Liquor Gallery in Sioux Falls.
The family-owned small business has been open for nearly 15 years. Harvey says that they don’t have the resources that big chain stores have.
“Oh, 100 percent it would hurt us, but as a small business and family-owned business, we don’t carry a lot of inventory,” said Harvey.
They also only have about seven employees, so the demand of delivery would not be worth it.
“It’s not cost-effective because you’re going to have to pay for a). Somebody to work it, another employee on to work it, plus you, [we’ll] probably have to buy another vehicle because we’re not going to be using our personal vehicles,” said Harvey.
There’s also the issue of driving under the influence. According to the CDC, in 2016, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the United States alone.
Supporters of the bill also say it would keep people that have already been drinking from getting behind the wheel.
According to HB 1158, you would still need to show a valid ID to the delivery person to show that you’re at least 21.
Two republicans are sponsoring the bill. KDLT News reached out to both of them. We have not received a response yet.