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NEW INFORMATION: Wis. Assembly passes underage drinking bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to vote on a Republican bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

The bill would require judges to impose three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time offenders and a minimum four-year prison sentence for 10-time offenders and beyond.

Judges also would be required to impose a mandatory 30-day jail sentence on anyone who causes an injury driving with a blood-alcohol content between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent.

The bill comes after a state appeals court ruled last month current law leaves a judge free to decide whether to impose prison time.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the bill on to the state Senate.


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