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Social host bill backed by politicians to curb teenage drinking

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By Jewell Hillery

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Leaders from organizations fighting to prevent underage drinking met with lawmakers this morning.

The underage drinking advocacy breakfast was hosted by, "Mississippians Against Underage Drinking," the "Mississippi Department of Mental Health," and "Developing Resources for Underage Drinking."

Organizers met with lawmakers to gain support for the "social host bill."

It would hold adults responsible if they permit underage drinking on their property.

Caroline Newkirk, the coordinator for DREAM says, "the consequences, the dangers of underage drinking extend far beyond a kid getting behind the wheel after they've been drinking, we've got tons of research now that demonstrates the effects that underage drinking has on brain development."

Representative Richard Bennett and Senator David Blount are sponsoring the bill.

The penalty for the misdemeanor offense would be a maximum fine of $1,000 and or jail time.

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