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Date Posted: 18:23:59 02/14/03 Fri
Author: B. Neurotic
Author Host/IP: kitt.netrax.net / 205.231.168.70
Subject: our voice- our stage- our vision- our community

I just got this email from the guys in No On 15 and am VERY pist and frustrated. The state of PA seems to be trying to do away with ALL underage shows in places that have a liquor liscence. Whats gonna happen to places like the Troc, or the Chameleon?? This is bullshit, and we need to do something to stop it... -B. Neurotic (email as follows)
xxx

Hello everyone,
This newsletter is a slight change of pace because it is about something that
involves all fans of original music, and involves much more than just No On 15
as a band. It is about all bands and all the people who like to see them in the
state of Pennsylvania. Recently, legislation was passed to allow the state-run
liquor stores to be open for a few hours on Sunday afternoons when previously
the law required them to be closed on Sunday. This aspect of this legislation
makes sense and wouldn’t seem to affect many people except for making it
slightly more convenient to have a bottle of wine with Sunday dinner, BUT…

…attached in the fine print and revisions of this legislation was a clause that
makes it now mandatory to have one non-employee chaperone over the age of 25 for
every five underage people at any event that is held in an establishment with a
liquor license. Here is an article about this clause:

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2003/02/02-07-03tdc/02-07-03dnews-06.asp

Previously, the law required one chaperone for every 50 underage kids. This was
reasonable and made it possible for venues to have all ages shows where both
underage people and the over 21 crowd could enjoy the same bands. Due to these
new constraints two venues in our home town were highly afflicted: Players
nightclub has already cancelled their “under 21 night” and Crowbar, which has
supported No On 15 and all ages live music from their start, is at risk of no
longer having all ages shows. Here is some math; for a packed show with 500
kids, 100 chaperones must be present. A business cannot stay in business if it
has to comp this many people with incentive to chaperone a show. The business
will lose money and will no longer be able to afford to open its doors to people
under the age of 21 years old.

Since not many people have complained about the law (YET!!!!) politicians are
not looking into changing it. We must stop this apathy. Here is a link to that
story:

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2003/02/02-07-03tdc/02-07-03dnews-06.asp

This law will not curb underage drinking. Bouncers are generally very strict at
all ages shows-if you are not 21 years old you cannot drink. Period. We would
like to personally IMPLORE you for the sake of bands everywhere who do not cater
to the drunken “play some more Zepplin” crowd, on behalf of all the kids who
grew up with a love for music and now have one less outlet to see bands play, TO
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! If you’ve ever seen or would like to see original music
at an all ages club in Pennsylvania, please contact the following people and
tell them what you think. Tell them how this will affect your life as a patron
of all ages music. Tell them that it will not curb underage drinking; it will
only give one less alternative to underage drinking for kids. A phone call,
letter, or email, would help tremendously. Thank you. Also, please send this
information to everyone you know. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Joey Housewrecker and No On 15

Jake Corman, State Senator
218 W. High St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
814-355-0477

Kerry Benninghoff, State Representative
209 S. Allegheny St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
814-355-1300
kbenning@pahousegop.com

Lynn Herman, State Representative
301 S. Allen St., Suite 10
State College, PA 16801
814-238-5477

Ed Rendell, Governor
225 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-787-2500
http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Governor/govmail.html (this link is to email
him)

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