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updated 11:42 AM UTC, Dec 15, 2018

GOP Lawmakers Propose Lower Drinking Age To 19

  • Written by Wheeler
  • Published in News

 Wisconsin's drinking age would be lowered from 21 to 19 if three Republican representatives have their way. Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, a former president of the state's Tavern League, has joined Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake and Cindi Duchow of Delafield in asking colleagues to cosponsor their bill.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos opposes a lower drinking age and can prevent a vote on it -- and a 1984 law reduces federal highway funds by eight-percent for states where the drinking age is not at least 21. Jarchow says his bill would not take effect if road funds are cut -- and he hopes the Trump administration could work with the Badger State on that. Jarchow says 19-year-olds can go to war but not drink -- and law enforcement could do more to fight drug and sex abuse instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to enforce the drinking age, especially at colleges.


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