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WI city considers sober bartender law

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NEENAH (WKOW) -- An eastern Wisconsin city is considering an ordinance that would require bartenders to show up for work sober -- and ban them from drinking on the job.

A Neenah City Council committee will review the ordinance Tuesday and decide whether to send it to the full council.

Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson says the law would let police hold bartenders accountable if they don't exert enough control over their patrons because they're serving while intoxicated.

Gannett Wisconsin Media reports that there are similar ordinances nationwide, but they often result in few citations.

At least three Wisconsin communities regulate drinking by bartenders -- Jackson, La Crosse and Madison, but Gannett Wisconsin found that enforcement is spotty.

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