Of particular note to restaurant owners was Asm. Lorena Gonazalez’s (D-San Diego) alcohol training bill. AB 2121 was crafted in response to a tragic fatal car accident involving UC San Diego medical students and a drunken driver. The bill would have established the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training Program Act of 2016 and would have required alcohol servers to complete an RBS training course from an accredited training provider.
The Governor vetoed the bill Wednesday, writing that he preferred to have the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) lead the retooling of California’s alcohol training programs. But since the Governor did not take issue with the requirement of the alcohol program itself, it is possible a similar bill will be introduced in the future with a greater role for the ABC.
Stay tuned to "The Source" next week as we provide a full recap of the Governor’s actions on deadline day.