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UPDATE: Gov. Scott Walker signs bill to curb underage drinking


UPDATED Thursday, December 12, 2013 --- 7:43 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill aimed at curbing underage drinking.

The so-called "Brown Jug bill" creates an additional $1,000 fine for those under age 21 who buy or drink alcohol.

The measure gives bars the ability to report underage drinkers to police and then take them to court.

The underage drinker would be required to pay the business owner $1,000 if found guilty. The fine would be in addition to the $250 to $1,000 fine an underage drinker would receive from law enforcement.

The Capital Times reports the Tavern League of Wisconsin is pleased with Walker's decision to sign the bill.

Opponents say fines were already in place for underage drinkers.

The bill is named after an Alaskan bar that had a similar law passed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 7:14 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would allow bars and liquor stores to sue underage customers or their parents for $1,000.

The measure passed Tuesday on a voice vote. The measure previously passed the Assembly and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Republican-sponsored bill would allow anyone with a liquor license to bring civil lawsuits against underage patrons. A parent or guardian could be sued if the underage drinker is a minor.

If the liquor license holder wins in court, the judge must order the underage customer or their guardians to pay the establishment $1,000.

The measure would not change any underage drinking laws in the state. Underage people could still drink in bars with their parents or a spouse who's at least 21.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 12:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to vote on passing a bill that would allow bars and liquor stores to sue underage patrons or their parents for $1,000.

The measure up for a vote Tuesday passed the Assembly unanimously in May.

The Republican-sponsored bill would allow anyone with a liquor license to bring civil lawsuits against underage patrons. A parent or guardian could be sued if the underage drinker is a minor.

If the liquor license holder wins in court, the judge must order the underage customer or their guardians to pay the establishment $1,000.

The measure would not change any underage drinking laws in the state. Underage people could still drink in bars with their parents or a spouse who's at least 21.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 1:53 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a Republican bill that would allow bars and liquor stores to sue underage patrons or their parents for $1,000.

The bill would allow anyone with a liquor license to bring civil lawsuits against underage patrons or their parent or guardians if the patrons are still minors. If the liquor license holder prevails, the judge must order the underage patron or their guardians to pay the establishment $1,000.

The measure would not change any underage drinking laws in the state. Underage people could still drink in bars with their parents or a spouse who's at least 21.

The Assembly approved the measure on a unanimous voice vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to the state Senate.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 11:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is poised to vote on a Republican bill that would allow bars and liquor stores to sue underage patrons or their parents for $1,000.

The bill would allow anyone with a liquor license to bring civil lawsuits against underage patrons or their parent or guardians if the patrons are still minors. If the liquor license holder prevails, the judge must order the underage patron or their guardians to pay the establishment $1,000.

The measure would not change any underage drinking laws in the state. Underage people could still drink in bars with their parents or a spouse who's at least 21.

The Assembly is scheduled to take up the bill during a Tuesday afternoon floor session.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 30, 2013 --- 1:40 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Assembly committee has passed a bill that would allow pub or liquor store owners to sue anyone who buys alcohol illegally.

Under the legislation from Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, of DePere, people cited for underage drinking would have to pay retailers $1,000 in addition to fines for violating the law. Retailers must provide notice of the law and immediately report violations.

Jacque says he became concerned after a Green Bay police officer informed him of the area's low rate of compliance regarding checks for underage drinking. He says the bill would deter underage drinkers, citing success with a similar law in Alaska.

The measure passed on a 9-0 vote Tuesday. The full Assembly will take it up in May.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 -- 10:50 p.m.

Wisconsin bar owners may soon be able sue minors who use fake IDs

The new bill aims at fighting underage drinking.

If passed, a bar owner could sue for $1000 anyone trying to use a fake ID. It would all be done in small claims court. The bar would have to give fair warning to folks by putting a sign up saying any minor trying to use a fake ID can be sued.

Right now, the bill has garnered support from both Democrats and Republicans.

The bill will head to the Assembly's State Affairs Committee for a vote on Tuesday.


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