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Bill decriminalizes some underage drinking


Madison (WQOW) - Underage drinkers who call for medical help in emergency situations would not face criminal penalties under a bill in the Wisconsin Senate.

The United Council of UW Students pitched the idea to Senator Fred Risser who introduced it as Senate Bill 222 on Monday. It would exempt people from underage drinking tickets if they choose to call for medical help for themselves or another person in trouble.

According to Senator Risser, "Under this bill, the underage drinker could call for help and be responsible by waiting for help to arrive and avoid the serious consequences of themselves drinking."

That means even if high school or middle school students called for emergency medical assistance in those situations, police could not write them a citation.

Senate Bill 222 would expand that policy to all 26 UW campuses and, as it's written right now, every law enforcement agency in the state as well.

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