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In their own words: The 'sip and spit' debate

Beer may be the oldest fermented beverage on the planet.
Glass of beer being poured (file)

This segment originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

Classes teaching how to brew beer, wine and spirits are popping up more at colleges and universities in recent years. But taking these classes presents a legal challenge for students under the legal drinking age of 21.

Senate Bill 108, known as the "sip and spit" bill, aimed to fix that for South Dakota students. It provided an educational exception for people over 18 to taste certain beverages.

While it had a smaller scope than many bills discussed during the 2023 legislative session, it still sparked a fair amount of debate among lawmakers. It narrowly passed both chambers, but was later vetoed by Gov. Kristi Noem. The legislature can still overturn that veto when lawmakers return on March 27, but it faces long odds considering it fell well short of the two-thirds majority needed in each chamber to defeat a veto.

In their own words, listen to the House Education Committee debate SB 108.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.
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