House Panel Approves Powdered Alcohol Bill, Will Be Amended

Jan 28, 2016

A bill that would prohibit powdered alcohol in the state is headed to the Idaho House, but it'll likely face changes before lawmakers get another chance to vote on it.

Idaho State Liquor Division Jeff Anderson told the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday that powdered alcohol is prone to abuse by minors and is easily concealable. He says 27 states have already prohibited the substance.

The legislative panel unanimously sent the bill to the House floor to be amended.

Wayne Hoffman, with the Idaho Freedom Foundation, says he's concerned about over-regulation. He also argued a small bottle of alcohol is also easily concealable.

In its current form, HB 331 would prohibit the use, sale and possession of powdered alcohol, which is marketed as Palcohol.