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New proposal could make it so underage drinkers are sued for using fake IDs


MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) - People busted using a fake ID to buy alcohol could also be sued by the bar or business that was involved under a new bill in the state legislature.

It has support from both Democrats and Republicans and would allow the business to sue someone caught trying to use a fake ID up to one $1,000.

But some bar owners in the Madison area see some obvious problems.

Andrew Hoerig, General Manager at Hawks Bar says, "I think that this particular bill will have a lot of kinks that need to be worked out."

Kelly Meuer, Owner of State St. Brats says, "I don't see it as a time that I would ever use it, unless there was a situation where someone came in, they were underage, presented an underage ID and maybe destroyed property."

The bill's author says the real aim is to cut down on underage drinking.  Republican Assemblyman Andre Jacque of De Pere says the bill is similar to a current "Fake ID Law" in Alaska.

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