College is a time of experimentation, which for many 18-to-20-year-old students means some not-quite-legal forays into alcohol.
Now the Legislature could open a route for underage students to imbibe with Californias blessing. A bill heading to the Assembly floor would allow scholars of winemaking and beer brewing to taste alcohol as part of their coursework.
An Assembly committee last week advanced Assembly Bill 1989, by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, buying the Arcata Democrats argument that students should taste the booze theyre learning to make. The legislation is restricted to students enrolled in enology and brewing programs, so elective-shopping students need not apply.
Some students graduate late because they cant take tasting classes until they are 21, according to the University of California. Chesbro also cast his bill as a way to keep California students competitive, noting that other states including Washington and Oregon have made similar exemptions.
Of course, we want to ensure we protect Californias reputation as a much better wine state than those states, Chesbro said.
Jeremy B. White
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Though she was chosen as the next Assembly speaker in January and formally elected in March, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will finally take over the lower house today. Among those in attendance for her swearing-in ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers will be Gov. Jerry Brown. Atkins, a former San Diego city councilwoman who was elected to the Legislature in 2010, will be the 69th speaker of the Assembly. She is only the third woman, and the first openly gay woman, to lead the house.
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