Senate backs plan to let 17-year-olds serve, sell alcohol in Idaho | NBWA: America's Beer and Beverage Distributors

The Idaho Senate voted 23-10 in favor of legislation to allow 17-year-olds to serve and sell alcohol, a change sought by Idaho's retail, restaurant and grocery industries amid a labor crunch. Currently, only those 19 and older may serve or sell alcoholic beverages. Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, the bill's Senate sponsor, said, "Often teenagers are the best, most conscientious and hard-working employees anyway." Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, who voted against the bill, said, "I understand the arguments, but if this is about the pandemic, I really think we should have a sunset clause," which would make the new law expire at a specific time.