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VOL. 124 | NO. 100 | Friday, May 22, 2009

Tenn. House Passes Bill Targeting Underage Drinking

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House has passed a bill aimed at making it a crime for adults to host parties where alcohol is available to underage drinkers.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas, said current law only applies to youths ages 17 and under, but not those between 18 and 21.

Several Democrats raised concerns that the bill would enhance penalties for parents sharing a beer in their home with offspring under 21, including those who had served with the military in Iraq of Afghanistan.

The bill passed on a 61-32 vote after extensive debate.

Carr said the proposed law change is needed to keep from people hosting parties for underage drinkers in rented hotel rooms.

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Read HB0250 at http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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