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Last call for underage drinkers

April 19, 2005
By: Tim Carnahan
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB402

The party may be over for underage drinkers and the adults buying them the goods. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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The Senate discussed Republican Saint Louis County Senator Michael Gibbons' bill.

The bill would stiffen penalties for underage drinking.

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OutCue: "...to all of them."
Contents: Every single child in Missouri is going to be confronted with the decision of whether to drink or not underage. It's just going to happen. It happened to all of us, it's going to happen to all of them.

Adults knowingly giving minors alcohol would face up to one year in jail, as well as fines.

Drinkers under sixteen years old would not be able to get a driver's license until the age of eighteen.

Licensed minors caught driving while intoxicated would lose their driving privileges for two years.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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It may be last call for underage drinkers and those giving them the alcohol. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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Republican Senator Michael Gibbons' bill would increase penalties for minors caught with alcohol, and adults providing the liquor.

Schools would be required to develop punishments, like barring underage drinkers access to extra-curricular activities.

Minors under sixteen caught with alcohol would also lose driving privleges until the age of eighteen.

And minors caught drinking and driving would lose their licenses for two years.

Bill sponsor Michael Gibbons says the drinking age is twenty-one for a reason.

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Contents: Younger bodies are simply not capable of handling alcohol. It has serious physical and mental, and can be very harmful, effects, on young developing minds and bodies.

The bill also has harsher penalties for parents and adults knowingly giving alcohol to minors. If caught, they would face up to a year in jail.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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The Missouri Senate took steps to put the beer bottles back in the hands of adults. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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Republican Saint Louis County Senator Michael Gibbons' bill would increase penalties for underage drinkers, and the adults providing them the alcohol.

Minors under sixteen caught with alcohol would not be able to get a driver's license until the age of eighteen.

Minors caught drinking and driving would lose their licenses for two years.

Republican Senator Kevin Engler says taking licenses away from teens is not the answer.

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OutCue: "...corrective behavior."
Contents: If you expect a sixteen year old to get a job, especially in the country, and they're going to have to drive into town to get a job, not letting them get a license for a couple of years is not only penalizing the child, it's penalizing the parents and it's making it more difficult for them to get some corrective behavior.

Under the bill parents and adults giving alcohol to minors would face up to a year in jail.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.