TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 3, 2011 -
The Florida Senate today passed a bill that will increase penalties on adults who illegally serve alcohol to minors at an open house party. Senate Bill 746/House Bill 105 passed the Senate on a 38-1 Floor vote.
Sponsored by Senator Thad Altman (R – Rockledge) and Representative Tom Goodson (R – Rockledge) this legislation stiffens criminal penalties especially if the minor who was served alcohol is killed or seriously injured. SB 746 increases the penalty from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor, which carries a fine not to exceed $1,000 and a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year.
“Ultimately, we are trying to protect our youth and help make Florida a safer place for them,” said Senator Altman. “We need to hold adults who illegally serve alcohol to minors accountable for such poor and dangerous decisions. There are tragic outcomes to underage drinking, and Florida is fortunate to have a strong coalition of advocates statewide who have supported this bill.”
House Bill 105 will go before the Governor for final approval.