The ad featured many of the Utah government officials who voted to pass Utah’s new 0.05% BAC limit.
The American Beverage Institute isn’t stopping there and has once again returned to Utah’s Capitol Hill to make a case for the new law’s repeal. However, Utah law makers weren’t very receptive to ABI’s message, and are still offended by the ad that they were featured in.
Here’s the interaction between one of the representatives, Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, and ABI’s Sarah Longwell according to an article featured on Fox 13:
“I’m still getting ‘old’ jokes,” Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, told ABI’s Sarah Longwell to nervous laughter from other House Democrats.
“There’s a right way and a wrong way about lobbying. I have talked to many of my colleagues who either supported it or didn’t support this bill,” Rep. Poulson continued. “There’s a reluctance to re-address it because they felt like they were not dealt with in the proper way of lobbying.”
“Yeah, well, I would be shocked if people would allow a bad bill to go forward, something that puts people in jail for one drink and ruins their lives because somebody ran an ad they didn’t like,” Longwell replied.
She insisted to the caucus the ad was not targeting elderly lawmakers, but the bill itself. Speaking to FOX 13 outside the caucus meeting, Longwell would not say if more ads are planned targeting lawmakers.
“We will continue to educate people in Utah. We will continue to try to educate lawmakers about why this bill is bad,” she said.
Other organizations, such as the Utah Hospitality Association, MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving), and now Skit Utah (the company that market’s Utah’s billion dollar ski industry) have spoken out against the harsh new Utah DUI Law.
According to Fox 13:
“We think it’s just one step too far,” said Ski Utah CEO Nathan Rafferty, adding: “We really battle a perception that Utah is a place you can’t have any fun.”
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