HARRISBURG – In order to prevent needless tragedies stemming from alcohol abuse, Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36) is sponsoring legislation to expand Responsible Alcohol Management Training requirements to include all servers, sellers and distributors of alcohol.

Under current law, the training is required for owners and managers of liquor-licensed establishments, as well as at least 50 percent of alcohol service personnel. Aument’s bill would broaden this requirement to include all alcohol service personnel.

Aument authored the bill after speaking with Lancaster County resident Susan Menges, whose daughter, Morgan, was killed in 2007 by a drunk driver who had been served alcohol despite signs of visible intoxication.

“No family should ever have to endure the pain of losing a family member in a completely preventable tragedy resulting from alcohol abuse and negligence,” Aument said. “Responsible Alcohol Management Training is a proven way to help employees recognize when someone has had too much to drink and take action to prevent an intoxicated individual from putting innocent lives in harm’s way.”

Responsible Alcohol Management Training is offered by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Similar legislation, House Bill 719, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-98).  “I am proud to join Rep. Hickernell is the effort to address this very important public safety issue,” said Aument.

 

CONTACT: Stephanie Buchanan (717) 787-4420