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August 27, 2014

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Las Vegas may require receipt for booze sold downtown

Stores that sell liquor downtown, particularly in the Fremont Street Experience, could be required to seal the booze in a bag with an affixed receipt.

That recommendation made today by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will now go to the city’s Recommending Committee. The committee will consider adding it to changes being proposed to the city’s alcohol ordinances before sending the measure back to the council for final approval.

Goodman proposed the receipt provision to help police identify those breaking city code, which bans the outdoor consumption of alcohol purchased from liquor stores within 1,000 feet of those establishments.

The rule doesn’t apply to alcoholic beverages purchased at casinos.

The city has also proposed banning outdoor alcohol consumption from bottles and cans within a 32-block area bounded by Main Street, Stewart Avenue, 8th Street and Bridger Avenue. Drinks from casinos would have to be poured into plastic cups before people ventured outside.

Some city officials believe package liquor sales downtown are triggering chaotic and sometimes criminal activity under the Fremont Street Experience canopy, the heart of downtown’s casino district. Councilman Steve Ross characterized the activity as “nightmarish.”

After consideration by the Recommending Committee on June 16, the bill is expected back for the council’s June 18 meeting.

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