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Delaware Approves eTIPS

TIPS online alcohol training & certification is now approved by the OABCC and  DATE for mandatory responsible server training. All persons including supervisors are required to take an  approved server course within 30 days of employment.

IA Dram Shop Insurance Law Changes 

The Iowa Restaurant Association and other bar and restaurant owners are lobbying for changes in the current dram shop insurance laws. Dram shop liability is a legal tool designed to help victims and their families after drunk driving accidents or bar fights. The association and its members argue that the current dram shop insurance system is being abused, and that alcohol can be sold in various types of licensed establishments but only restaurants and bars are required to purchase insurance policies. Restaurant and bar owners say the cost of dram shop insurance is sky-rocketing. 

TIPS Launches HTML5 On Premise Course June 13, 2016

TIPS announces the release of TIPS On Premise 3.0, a new and improved version of the TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) online training and certification program. TIPS On Premise 3.0 improves the overall student experience through a newly designed HTML5 course, which provides increased stability, new features, and improved content. The HTML5 technology provides a more effective way to deliver TIPS courses over desktops, laptops and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. 

California Proposed Mandatory Server Training Law 

A proposed law for mandatory alcohol server training has passed through the California Assembly Committee. California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) introduced Assembly Bill 2121, “The Responsible Interventions for Beverage Servers Training Act of 2016 (RIBS).” The bill would make training mandatory statewide for anyone serving alcohol beverages. The bill proposes to make the training requirement effective July 1, 2020, and employees would have to complete training within three months of initial employment, and then every three years thereafter. Responsible alcohol server training in California is currently voluntary. 

Wisconsin Bill Would Change Citations for Serving Alcohol to Underage Drinkers

Under a bill discussed in a WI State Senate public hearing, law enforcement, while conducting sting operations, would be able to serve citations for serving alcohol to underage drinkers only to bartenders, not bar owners. Under current law, either bar owners or bartenders can be served citations for serving alcohol to minors, even if the bar owner is not present. The bill would change this so law enforcement can serve citations only to those who served the alcohol. The bill is said to be in response to concerns from tavern owners who could be served citations when they are not on the premises. Bar owners would still be able to receive citations, but only if they were the ones serving the alcohol. Julia Sherman, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Law School, said the bill would get rid of an “important tool” which ensures that bar owners train their staffs properly. If bartenders repeatedly serve minors, law enforcement should be able to serve a citation to the bar owner so they improve their practices, she said. Currently, bar owners rarely receive citations for serving underage patrons because sting operations only happen twice every 12 months. The bill was introduced February 4, passed through the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations February 12, and passed through the Assembly February 18. The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote

Alabama’s Last Dry County Approves the sale of Alcohol

Clay County, voted to legalize alcohol sales. Alcohol sales will still be illegal outside the cities of Ashland and Lineville, but the vote means that alcohol can now be sold legally in, at least part of, each of Alabama’s 67 counties.

New Hampshire Bill #1606

New Hampshire is evaluating a proposed law that would allow young adults (18 – 20) to drink while in the presence of adults who are over 21. House Bill 1606 targets excessive alcohol consumption, alcohol poisoning, and automotive accidents. If the bill is passed, legislation would go into effect on January 1, 2017. 


Vermont Department of Liquor Control (DLC) has officially approved the TIPS online course for On Premise establishments including bars, restaurants, nightclubs, taverns, or anywhere alcohol is sold and served by the glass for immediate consumption on the premises. Vermont servers must be training prior to working and every 2 years by an approved program. Vermont servers can now take their required DLC alcohol certification online.  

Illinois BASSET 

On July 15, 2015, the State of Illinois passed a new law that will require mandatory BASSET training & certification (Public Act 99-0046) for on-premise alcohol servers. On-premise establishments include bars, sports bars, taverns, nightclubs, restaurants or any establishment where liquor is sold and consumed on the premises. Furthermore, many previously banned happy hour practices will be repealed. The new law will be phased in by local jurisdictions based upon a predetermined schedule. Read more and look up training requirements;  


Arlington, Virginia – April 21, 2014 – Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced that eTIPS On Premise – Michigan, an online responsible alcohol training and certification program, was approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Description of news story.

TIPS - Spanish Course 

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) recently launched eTIPS On Premise – Espanol, an online alcohol server training program for Spanish-speaking hospitality personnel. TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the premier responsible alcohol training program designed to prevent underage drinking, intoxication, and drunk driving. While HCI already offers a TIPS Latino program for classroom training, eTIPS – Espanol is the first Spanish-language version of its online responsible alcohol training course.


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