House amends drinking bill by Andrea Skalland Teenagers over 18 will be allowed to drink in the presence of their parents in public places.
The House reconsidered a bill Feb. 9 that would have outlawed underage teenagers from drinking in public, even when accompanied by an adult. The bill failed in the House Feb. 8.
Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, was the prime sponsor of the bill saying that it was time to send a message that this behavior was not appropriate.
The bill was amended to say that teenagers under 18 would not be allowed to drink with their parents. This means that those over 18 can drink if a parent, guardian or spouse is present. However, the final decision will be up to the discretion of the bar owner.
HB1199 passed with a vote of 43-25.