Assembly panel OKs underage drinking bill - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Assembly panel OKs underage drinking bill

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - 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 says 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 says 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.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.