Wednesday, May 8, 2013

HB 892 Not Passed

It turns out that Texas House Bill 892, proposing a lowered drinking age to 18 for those in active duty Military, didn't really go anywhere. According to LegiScan, it looks like the bill was filed on February 1, 2013. It was read for the first time on February 19, and on the same day it was "Referred to Licensing and Administrative Procedures," whatever that means. So I decided to do some research and find out what exactly that does mean.

The "Licensing & Administrative Procedures" action on HB 892 was referring to the committee in the House of Representatives that goes by that name, The Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee of Texas. It's a committee made up of nine representatives that have jurisdiction over the Alcoholic Beverage Code and the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Thus far, nothing else has happened with this Bill. It looks like we're gonna have to wait for another session to see if this passes in the state of Texas.

After visiting the Capitol, I learned that there is a lot going on and it is easy for some things to get overlooked. I think it's a good thing in this situation that the bill didn't go very far. The research I found showed that lowering the drinking age is only a detriment to a person's well-being, and has no real benefits.

-Hannah Teague

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