Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bill: Alcohol ID age would be 40

INDIANAPOLIS - Store clerks would no longer be required to check the identification of those who appear older than 40 when buying alcohol under a revision to state law endorsed by an Indiana House committee.

The bill would change a much-ridiculed law that took effect last summer requiring everyone - regardless of age - to be carded for carryout alcohol.

The House public policy committee voted 12-0 today to advance the bill to the full House for consideration. Rep. Scott Pelath of Michigan City says legislators need to admit a mistake was made with the ID law and undo it.

John Livengood of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers supported the current law because it further discouraged minors from trying to buy alcohol. He called the 40-year limit a decent compromise.

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