Bill Would Allow Culinary Students Under 21 To Taste Alcohol

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A piece of legislation approved by an Illinois State Senate committee would allow Illinois students to take a sip of alcohol – provided that they don’t swallow it.

The bill, nicknamed “sip and spit,” was approved 12-1 by the state Senate Executive Committee. Only state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) voted against it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

SB 758, sponsored by state Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), would allow culinary students over 18 to sample alcoholic beverages, but not ingest them.

Other restrictions would include tasting alcohol only during scheduled class time and being monitored by someone 21 or older.

Kendall College president Emily Williams Knight says students need to learn how to taste wine during their early years of culinary school, before some students turn 21.

Knight says such “taste training” is essential for understanding recipes and pairing drinks with dishes.

But opponent Anita Bedell of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems questioned how the schools would enforce rules against swallowing.

Trotter countered that a future amendment to the bill could cap the number of times the students could taste alcohol during a given course, the Sun-Times reported.

Any violation of the law would constitute a Class A misdemeanor, which can carry a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail, the newspaper reported.

Rhode Island and Colorado are among states that have similar exemptions.

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  • Guest

    I good morning laugh from this one. In the E.U. they’ll serve 14 year olds, accompanied by a parent, in the restaurant/pubs. It’s part of the culture over there. Saw a bunch of teenagers drinking beer, and none appeared drunk or were acting inappropriately. It does require self control, and might not be possible to copy it over here. We also saw some naked people. One lady was standing in front of her house. I guess it’s not illegal. In some ways there is more freedom over there.

  • Jim

    Who cares? The drinking age should be eighteen anyway.

  • Peter

    Half my family is from Europe and having a drink at a young age is acceptable. In fact, the majority of European young adults that are 21 living here in the USA tend to not get caught up in the drink till you pass out over abuse drama that we do here because they were taught at an early age the responsibility of alcohol. I think here it’s because we position it as taboo that so many young kids die from alcohol related deaths.

  • Just Axin

    It will be illegal for you to ingest alcohol, but were going to send you overseas and arm you with sophisticated weapons….that makes alot of sense.

  • Russell Bates

    So..we can send an 18 year old over to Iraq, but they can’t have a sip of wine as part of coursework here in the U.S.?

  • Malcom

    I’m so glad politicians finally got around to this now that the crime is gone and the budget is fixed.

  • bozo

    yeah,and bill clinton smoked pot but he never inhaled!kids are gonna drink anyway!

  • Spookiest spook

    Considering what some of these kids have already put in their mouth and tasted, they need to alcohol to clean out the palette.

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