Colorado Senate panel on April 23 passed a proposal to lower the state’s
blood-alcohol limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.
in the bill are provisions permitting liquor stores to hand out drink samples
and restaurant customers to tote home partially consumed bottles of wine, The
Denver Post reported.
Senate Appropriations Committee voted to forward the bill to the full Senate.
It previously passed the House.
of HB1021, sponsored by Rep. Bob Briggs, R-Westminster, would bring the state
in compliance with a federal decree that states adopt the lower limit or lose
federal highway dollars. Colorado is one of only three states (Delaware and
Minnesota being the others) yet to conform to the federal mandate.
previous refusal to adhere to the standard cost the state $4.9 million in
highway funds when lawmakers ignored the Oct. 1, 2003, deadline, the newspaper
reported. The state could lose $50 million if it doesn’t lower the threshold by
States that adopt the new limit by
Oct. 1, 2006, can recover the withheld funds.