Wausau council to try to nix sober bartender veto

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The Wausau City Council is going to try to override a mayoral veto nixing an ordinance requiring bartenders to limit on-the-job drinking.

Wausau Daily Herald Media reported Monday the ordinance required tavern employees to maintain blood-alcohol levels of 0.04 percent. The council adopted it on an 8-2 vote on Jan. 15. But Mayor Jim Tipple vetoed the provision less than 24 hours later, saying he wanted to give tavern owners and bartenders more time to give their input and the city shouldn't regulate private businesses so tightly.

The override vote is set for Tuesday. A successful attempt requires a two-thirds majority vote. Tipple has used his veto power just three other times during his 10 years in office.

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