Saturday, March 2, 2013

Drinking Age to 18

       Some states in the United States have laws allowing legal adults ages 18-21 to drink alcohol in public places of business if they are with their legal guardians or parents. Texas does not allow this, but I'm researching what efforts have been made to change this law.
       Texas State Representative J.M. Lozano filed House Bill 892, which will apply to Active Duty and Veterans of the US Military aged 18-21. According to his statements, he believes that because that if a person is old enough to make the decision to fight and die for the safety of his/her country, that individual should be considered old enough and mature enough to be allowed to make the decision to drink alcohol if he/she so chooses.

       When asked to explain why he believed that active duty military members should be allowed to decide for themselves as to whether or not they will drink alcohol, Lozano said, "Men and women will put their lives on the line. They volunteer to do that for their country. I would always ponder and recall their sacrifice and they can't even have a beer."

      Representative Lozano believes that this should be a federal law, applied to all states across the nation. States that do not agree would then have the opportunity to make exceptions and basically ban the bill in their state, but that would be individual state-by-state action.

-Hannah Teague

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