A proposed law that critics say relieves tavern and restaurant operators of major liability in drunk driving cases has been placed on the Senate’s back burner. The proposal says those who sell intoxicating liquor to an underage drinker or to someone who is obviously drunk are not liable for any damages those people later cause. Critics say it’s an effort to make sellers less responsible for their actions. An amendment to the bill put in language requiring insurance companies to offer reasonably-priced liability insurance, and giving sellers of alcoholic beverages the option of buying that coverage. Senator Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau, the sponsor of the bill, says he will abandon his legislation and work on a similar bill that has already passed the face.
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