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Wedding Barns - TLW Position

September 12, 2018

The Tavern League of Wisconsin has long supported fair competition among businesses in the hospitality industry. As long as the rules apply fairly to everyone – competition for business makes us all better and benefits our customers. Nobody supports a system which unfairly gives one side an advantage over the other – government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. Yet that is what has happened when the Department of Revenue failed to require so called wedding barns to obtain a liquor/beer license for events they contract for at their establishments.
The following is the state law defining a public place. If a private event at a wedding barn does not meet the definition of a public place then neither does a private event at a restaurant or tavern. A public place is a place that is open to the public, like an event at a wedding barn in which someone pays to utilize the facility. Private events occur in properly licensed public places every day.
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