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Gov signs liquor bills for Spaceport, ski areas

Gov. Susana Martinez today signed bills clearing the way for alcohol to be served at Spaceport America and allowing alcoholic beverages to be served outdoors at ski areas.

Senate Bill 147 allows the Spaceport Authority to be eligible for a governmental liquor license, of the type that cities and counties can get in order for alcohol to be served at locations such as civic centers and golf courses.

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority says it wants to diversify its revenue sources by expanding the number of non-aerospace special events held at the southern New Mexico facility.

Spaceport officials say such events could include conferences, concerts and receptions.

The ski area bill, Senate Bill 193, would allow consumption of alcoholic beverages in controlled access areas on the grounds of ski areas.

Currently, ski areas can have liquor licenses that allow alcohol to be served in lodges or other buildings.

Supporters of the bill said allowing alcohol to be served on ski area grounds would be useful for off-season events such as outdoor weddings.

Critics in the Legislature said making alcohol more available near ski slopes would be dangerous.