[guest post by Dana]
Good morning! Let’s talk about beer! After all, even President Obama has been known to chug with breakfast:
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is facing push back for momentarily losing sight of her state’s motto: Live Free Or Die.
At issue: State representative and bar owner Keith Murphy, R-NH, wanted to sell Founders Breakfast Stout at his place of business. However, given that the Founders Breakfast Stout label features an old-fashioned rendering of a toddler and that it’s illegal in New Hampshire to depict minors in alcohol advertising, Murphy was prohibited from selling the product.
In response to the prohibition, Murphy sponsored a bill to remove the restriction from the law, which the legislature passed earlier this year.
Gov. Hassan vetoed the bill because of concerns about underage drinking in her state:
“Substance misuse, including alcohol misuse, continues to be one of the major public health and safety challenges facing us as a state,” Hassan said in her veto message. “Moreover, statistics suggest that New Hampshire has among the highest rates of underage drinking in the country.”
House members expressed their displeasure with Hassan’s decision:
House members disagreed Thursday, hitting the necessary two-thirds threshold to override the veto. The state’s Liquor Commission would have to approve or deny labels under the law.
Senators must also vote on whether to override the veto.
Murphy said the veto is an overreach and noted that neighboring Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont sell the beer. He also pointed out that a New Hampshire-produced craft beer, Smuttynose Baltic Porter, would have to come off the shelves because its label shows Father Time and a baby.
Here is the Founders Breakfast Stout label shamefully encouraging underage drinking:
Here is the Smuttynose Baltic Porter label also encouraging underage drinking: