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Bill would subject underage drinkers to stiff fine

Published On: Sep 15 2013 05:13:43 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

A new bill designed to curb underage drinking would create an additional $1,000 fine for those under age 21 who buy or drink alcohol.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the "Brown Jug bill" would allow owners of bars or other places that sell alcohol to take underage drinkers to court. If guilty, the underage drinker would have to pay the fine to the business.

Sen. Rick Gudex is the bill's main sponsor. The Fond du Lac Republican says technology has made it easier to make fake identification cards, so many small businesses are spending more to check IDs.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday before the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee.

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