The local bar and club scene is about to get much more interesting thanks to an effort by Council Dude John Sharp. Check out upcoming City Hall Ordinance #100003 that will give ex-cons an easier path to serve booze in this cowtown. Check out the goal of the ordinance:
"The purpose for this ordinance amendment is to eliminate a lifetime ban on all felony convictions for which a person is not eligible to receive a liquor permit. This proposed ordinance change states specific felony convictions that would prohibit a person from obtaining an employee liquor permit.Getting more felons working is probably a nice goal AND it reminds me to be much nicer to servers.
Recently, a change was made to the Missouri State Statutes which will allow convicted felons the opportunity to directly participate in the retail sale of intoxicating liquor. For those convicted felons that qualify, this ordinance amendment will allow them the opportunity to apply for and receive an employee liquor permit."
Still, the part of the old liquor code being repealed stated that an employee liquor permit wouldn't be available to anyone who "has been found guilty of, pleaded guilty to, pleaded nolle contendere to or been convicted of a felony (federal or any state) for murder, voluntary manslaughter, forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, forcible sodomy, attempted forcible sodomy, kidnapping, first degree child molestation, second degree child molestation and sexual misconduct involving a child."
The reason? An ordinance note states that the aim is "To give those convicted felons who qualify the opportunity to apply for and receive an employee liquor permit." Also, the title of "Qualified Felon" could totally boost the confidence of a worker bumed out because of a lack of better job opportunities . . . Therefore, local drinkers might want to toast John Sharp and maybe look over their shoulder one more time while partying.