Alaska CHARR Government Affairs Team
- Sarah Oates, President & CEO
- Kim Hutchinson, Lobbyist
- Cassie Ostrander, Membership & Grassroots Mananger
Government Affairs Committee
- Josh Broda, Chairman
- Arden Rankins
- Bob Klein
- Darwin Biwer
- Fernando Salvador
- Paul Thomas
- Michael Cervantes
- Jack Manning
- Philippe Janicka
- Stan Filler
- Steven Kantor
Alaska CHARR and the hospitality industry’s 2023 legislative priorities
Updating AS 04 to Allow Persons Aged 18-20 On-premises for Alcohol Service and Other Employment
In many other states, persons aged 18-20 are allowed to sell or serve alcohol, and more states are joining that list as they experience the same ongoing hospitality labor shortages that Alaska is experiencing. Employers are unable to promote or retain quality employees who are 18-20 because they are unable to take or deliver alcohol orders. Alaska is not competitive with other states in that regard, including those with more conservative alcohol laws like Washington state which recently updated its laws to allow young adults to sell or serve alcohol.
Moreover, other businesses that support the hospitality industry – including food distributors, cleaners, and restaurant suppliers – are experiencing similar labor shortages and often hire younger people to deliver products and provide services. Those vendor employees are currently prohibited from entering the premises of liquor licensees, creating challenges for both the hospitality businesses and their vendors.
Alaska CHARR is asking that the Alaska Legislature pass legislation that would allow for persons 18-20 to serve and sell alcohol or enter and remain on a licensed premises for other employment purposes, including under employment by a vendor or support business.
Shared Liability for Liquor Licenses
Alaska CHARR is asking that the Alaska Legislature pass legislation that would make Alaska a shared liability state – consistent with nearly all other states – placing at least some responsibility on the consumer for his/her own actions.