Richardville supports bill to strengthen penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors
LANSING — The Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee today approved legislation that would strengthen penalties for those who sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to minors, said Sen. Randy Richardville, who voted for the measures.
“The current penalties for supplying minors with alcohol do not seem to be working as well as they should be,” said Richardville, R-Monroe, vice chair of the committee. “Revoking a driver’s license will help serve as an additional deterrent to those who may want to buy or give alcoholic drinks to minors.”
House Bills 5198 and 5199 would allow the Secretary of State to suspend the driver’s license of an individual convicted of selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to someone younger than 21.
The new penalty is in addition to current penalties and would not apply to a person who is a retail licensee or retail licensee’s clerk, agent or employee. A violator’s license would be revoked for 180 days.
“We must take every precaution possible to help keep our young people safe,” Richardville said. “Adults must act responsibly and keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.”
The legislation has been sent to the full Senate for further consideration.
Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010
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