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Assembly panel OKs underage drinking bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin Assembly committee has passed a bill that would allow pub or liquor store owners to sue anyone who buys alcohol illegally.

Under the legislation from Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, of DePere, people cited for underage drinking would have to pay retailers $1,000 in addition to fines for violating the law. Retailers must provide notice of the law and immediately report violations.

Jacque said he became concerned after a Green Bay police officer informed him of the area’s low rate of compliance regarding checks for underage drinking. He said the bill would deter underage drinkers, citing success with a similar law in Alaska.

The measure passed on a 9-0 vote Tuesday. The full Assembly will take it up in May.

One comment

  1. This may be a stupid question, but doesn’t this give the bar owners/operators an incentive to serve those who are underage and then claim they didn’t know in order to get the $1,000?

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