Florida Lawmakers Hope to Put a Cork in Underage Drinking

By: Florida Senate Release
By: Florida Senate Release

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.


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  • by leon Location: tally on May 3, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    In an attempt to bring small gov't to the state, Florida Republicans are going to outlaw everything. It'll be a crime not to carry your papers if you're a LEGAL immigrant (well, that's one of the HBs), it'll be a crime to let your kids drink beer or wine at dinner, it'll be a crime have eaten a MJ brownie in California. Bring it on, pretty soon we'll all be scofflaws. What will the cops to about it? Enforce the laws, of course!! Well, OK, only when they get a complaint & ARE MADE TO. Otherwise they're going to start looking the other way .... which is what always happens when too many bans pile up in a society. The rule of law? Look to Rick Scott for inspiration, the trick isn't to be law abiding or honest, the trick is to get away with it.
  • by tax payer Location: usa on May 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    we need a underage drinking task force tax payers.
  • by big shady Location: parts unkown on May 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    They should try penalizing the underage drinkers with something more than a slap on the wrist and calling their parents to come and pick them up. Alcohol is the worst drug on the face of the planet. It causes people to make very poor choices and kills thousands of people every year, yet it is still legal and advertised on TV like it is Nestle Quick.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to big shady
      How about raising the penalties on BARS that server underage drinkers!!
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to big shady
      Oh wait...BARS are a business so we can't hold them responsible for getting minors drink.
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      by leon on May 3, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to big shady
      Prohibition worked out really well the first time, we should try it again!
  • by Underage? Location: Tally on May 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    You can Vote for President of United States, you can smoke, enlist to armed services, convicted and get death penalty, you are considered an adult but you cannot drink ! You can do almost anything even decide for President of United States but you cannot drink. For people who still do not know, alcohol affects the judgement of a 18 year old same as it affects 21 or up !!! So ban it for everybody if you got power !!! It is just a matter of someone going to Supreme Court sue the officials who don't have anything else but pass some non-sense political laws. What happens if an adult serves to anyone over 21 and they kill themselves? All justified because they are over 21? Wow the law really makes sense !!!
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      by Lee on May 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to Underage?
      Oh Yeah you forgot you can be a minor and tried as a adult in florida
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      by over 21 on May 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM in reply to Underage?
      i totally agree with you!!
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to Underage?
      I agree! Outlaw alcohol!!! It kills more people than any other drug on the planet!!
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      by leon on May 3, 2011 at 03:20 PM in reply to Underage?
      First of all, we oldsters are more equal than you. And being up on consistency, we figure this way when you vote for the POTUS, you'll be more sober than we & will exercise better judgment at the polls than we do. Makes logical sense, donnit?
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Now they need to start cracking down on the 18 clubs that sell alcohol to the legal people and they pass it on to the underage kids.
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      by leon on May 3, 2011 at 03:23 PM in reply to
      No more open-mouthed kisses between legals and underagers either! They could be squirting alkeehol through their lips!! Heh. Flask? What's a flask?!
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