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Absolute Sobriety for Underage Individuals on School Grounds

Under current law, alcohol possession or consumption on school grounds is prohibited except in limited circumstances requiring an administrator’s written permission. Penalties for violating this law include forfeitures of up to $200. However, a recent court case dismissed a citation for an intoxicated student that attended a school dance because the student’s parents provided him with alcohol off school grounds. Under Senate Bill 421, an underage person with detectable alcohol concentration in his/her breath or blood would be subject to a fine of up to $200. Senate Bill 421 was introduced earlier this month and has not yet received a public hearing or committee vote.