Gov. Dayton signs bill to protect underage drinkers - KMSP-TV

Gov. Dayton signs bill to protect underage drinkers

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Beginning Aug. 1, intoxicated minors who seek medical attention for themselves or another individual won't have to worry about a drinking ticket.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Medical Amnesty bill making Minnesota the 14th state to allow minors to call 911 if they need medical assistance or have been assaulted. The bill would waive a potential $120 underage drinking ticket; many minors will forgo calling for help to avoid repercussions.

"While it is important to continue the fight against underage alcohol use in our communities, it is critical that we recognize that so many young people continue to drink. I don't want any parent to lose a child because someone they were with was afraid of the legal repercussions of calling 911 for help," said Aaron Letzeiser, executive director of the Medical Amnesty Initiative.

The bill passed in the House by a vote of 124-8 and 51-10 in the Senate.

"The bottom line is people make bad choices, we all have," explains Representative Dan Schoen (Cottage Grove-DFL) as one of the reasons for co-authoring the bill.

Read more: MN House passes bill to protect underage drinkers


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