Here's the scoop from the capitol:Also, the Freakonomists picked this up on their blog at the NYT:
The Honest Pint Bill, HB 3122, is sitting in the Senate Business and Transportation Committee, and may or may not get a hearing. So if you can take 30 seconds and call the chair of that committee and ask for a hearing, that would be very helpful!
Especially if you're a constituent of Senator Rick Metsger. Even if not, it's helpful. Here's Senator Metsger's office phone number: 503-986-1726.
Say that you're an Oregonian in support House Bill 3122, the honest pint bill, and that you'd like it to move forward.
If you want, you can note:
But really just say a sentence or two on why the bill matters to you. Be very polite.
- It's a voluntary certification program
- It's a consumer protection measure
- It's a step forward in highlighting beer, a great Oregon product and part of our national image
- It doesn't cost the state, as businesses pay for it themselves
p.s. If you want to do something further, it wouldn't hurt to call your own Senator and the other members of the committee as well:
- Sen. Martha Schrader, 503-986-1720
- Sen. Joanne Verger, 503-986-1705
- Sen. Larry George, 503-986-1713
- Sen. Bruce Starr, 503-986-1715
Oregon’s House recently passed the “Honest Pint Act,” which would allow drinking establishments to display state-issued stickers certifying that their pint glasses actually hold 16 ounces, as opposed to the 13- and 14-ounce glasses that some bars try to pass off as pints. The act is predicted to cost at least $20,000, not including the price of pint “measuring tools.” House Republicans, meanwhile, think full pints should be the least of Oregonians’ concerns.So there you go.