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Senate bill would decriminalize some instances of underage drinking

MADISON (WKOW) -- A bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) on Monday would exempt underage drinkers from citations if they encounter police because they called or waited for emergency medical assistance for themselves or another person.

Senate Bill 222 also seeks to prohibit UW System schools from penalizing a student for underage drinking in either of those situations.

However, if law enforcement finds that an underage person falsely seeks emergency medical assistance for the sole purpose of escaping a citation, that person would be subject to a $100 to $600 fine and a Class H felony.

Several Senate and Assembly Republicans have also signed on to Sen. Risser's bill.


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