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Barring minors from drinking in bars up for vote

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- No one under age 18 could drink in a bar even with their parents' consent under a bill scheduled to be voted on Thursday in a state Assembly committee.

Under current law, children of any age can drink in a bar if they're with their parents and the adult gives consent and the bartender is willing to serve them.

A state Assembly committee on Thursday is set to vote on a bill that would set the minimum age at 18. The current legal drinking age is 21. An identical bill in the Senate has passed out of committee and awaits debate.

The measure must clear both houses and be signed by Gov. Jim Doyle before becoming law.

Supporters of changing the law include the Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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