Baltimore Pol Bails on Beer Pong Ban Bill

by Dave on February 11, 2009

A favorite pastime here at the beach, beer pong lives to see another day in the city of Baltimore.

From the Sun:

A veteran state senator has abandoned his effort to ban drinking games such as beer pong and flip cup in Baltimore City bars in the face of a growing online lobbying effort.

Sen. George W. Della Jr., a Baltimore Democrat, said such games encourage excessive drinking, which leads to raucous behavior in city neighborhoods. A bill he introduced late last month would have outlawed any games which award drinks as prizes in city taverns.

On Monday, a copy of Della’s bill, SB 233, was circulated in e-mails and posted on Web sites of local beer pong leagues, setting off an online fire storm. Fans of drinking games sent a flurry of angry e-mails to the senator, who withdrew the legislation today on the eve of its first hearing in a committee.

“We’re getting inundated with so many e-mails that I don’t have the time to fool with it,” Della said. “I just hope that if people continue doing it, they do it in a way that there’s not excessive drinking and disrespect for the surrounding neighborhoods.”

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