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Wis. panel to hear bill curbing underage drinking

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A bill that would prohibit adults from knowingly permitting or failing to prevent underage drinking is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday.

Under current law, adults only have to stop underage drinking if it happens at a pub, bar or liquor store they own. The proposal from Rep. Andre Jacque would apply that requirement to all properties they own, including their homes.

Jacque introduced another bill in March that would allow liquor license holders to sue underage patrons - or their parents, if they're still minors - if they misrepresent themselves as 21 or older in an attempt to buy or consume alcohol on the premises.

Jacque said that bill would deter minors from sneaking into bars, in turn curbing binge drinking and drunken driving.

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