A new law that requires colleges and universities to disclose their beer sales and use policies may have more implications than the next time you go out to grab some tasty craft brews with friends.
The New York Times reports that the legislation, which passed the New York state Senate on Monday, is expected to go to Gov.
Andrew Cuomo (D) for his signature.
If it does become law, it would be the first time a law requiring college campuses to disclose sales and uses has been passed in New York State.
Under the new law, colleges and the Department of Education would have to post information about their beer usage and sales on their websites and in social media accounts, including on their social media pages.
This is the second law in the past two years that has required colleges to disclose data on their beer purchases and sales.
Previously, the law required universities to post their alcohol-related student behavior on their student profiles and in their publications.
Under Cuomo’s new law—the Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Campus Safety Act—both departments would be required to post data on beer sales, but colleges and schools would be able to post the data on the website, in social networks and in student newsletters.
“The law is intended to be the equivalent of a university’s alcohol-awareness website, but with a few notable differences,” the Times reports.
For example, colleges could disclose data by race, sex, ethnicity, income, education level, religion, and sexual orientation, but the new legislation doesn’t specify which categories those would fall under.
Under a similar law passed by the New Jersey legislature, which Cuomo signed into law in 2013, colleges must post information on their alcohol sales and alcohol-use policies on their website and social media.
It also requires universities to have a student alcohol-education coordinator in place by fall 2018.
This year, the Department for Education passed the first version of the bill in January, but Cuomo vetoed it in February because it didn’t include language on the sale of beer to minors.
In an email to The Verge, Cuomo said the law has already led to some positive outcomes.
“It has encouraged universities to put more information out there about their policies,” he said.
“And it has been very effective in discouraging underage drinking and driving.”
As a result, Cuomo has not vetoed any bills in the last three years.
The Times notes that the bill’s passage is also a “major step toward reducing the number of drunk-driving crashes in New Yorkers’ communities,” because “it’s making alcohol-based offenses much more difficult to prosecute.”