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New bill lets all valid ID owners buy alcohol

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 14:43:57-04

Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law today that allows bars and restaurants to legally serve alcohol to patrons with valid out-of-state ID cards.

Before HB2031 was signed, only horizontal licenses were accepted for alcohol purchases. Anyone with a vertical driver's license from Arizona or elsewhere, even if over the legal drinking age, could not legally make a purchase.

Those who accepted vertical cards would face a fine of up to $1,000.

Effective immediately, servers and bartenders can accept identification of anyone of the legal drinking age without a penalty or fine.

The bill is expected to boost local economies and tourism spending.