Local Politics

House OKs Bill to Pull Licenses for Giving Booze to Minors

Posted May 17, 2007 5:29 p.m. EDT
Updated May 17, 2007 6:24 p.m. EDT

— The state House on Thursday passed a bill that would revoke the driver's license of anyone convicted of supplying alcohol to minors.

Lawmakers approved the proposal by a 105-7 vote. It faces a final reading Monday before heading to the Senate.

State Rep. Ty Harrell, D-Wake, sponsored the bill, saying the state needs to be tougher on people who illegally provide beer, wine or liquor to teens.

Under the legislation, people found guilty of giving alcohol to minors would lose their driver's license for a year. But they would be allowed to apply for a restricted license to commute to work or school.

The proposal comes in the wake of alcohol-related accidents that killed several Wakefield High School students in the past 15 months. Some family members of the deceased Wakefield High students were at the General Assembly Thursday to support the bill.