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WI: Bill would let GIs drink at 19 in state
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Rep. Mark Pettis has introduced a bill that would allow 19-year-old members of the military to drink alcohol. AB 141, which will be considered by the Assembly Committee on State Affairs on Thursday, would lower the drinking age to 19 for members of the U.S. armed forces who are stationed in Wisconsin on active duty, if the state obtains a federal waiver or participates in a federal pilot program.

"If we can send these young men and women to war and expect them to have common sense in pushing the button on armament, we should give them the ability to have a drink," said Pettis, R-Hertel.

"A high percentage of those killed in action are under 21. These folks have the ability to make the decision to fire weapons that can do mass damage, but they can't have a beer. There's something wrong with this picture."

"If you want to support the troops, let's support the troops," Pettis said. "This would be for Wisconsin residents only, so there would be no border crossing." People who come back from serving in Iraq should not have to celebrate their survival in an alley or a cornfield, Pettis said.

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  -WI: Bill would let GIs drink at 19 in state rainbow4321  May-16-05 04:54 PM   #0 
  - Free Booze as a signing "bonus"?  SoCalDem   May-16-05 04:56 PM   #1 
  - The state could also lose 10% of their highway funding  rainbow4321   May-16-05 05:07 PM   #4 
  - What are the ones with no arms or mouths supposed to do?  rzemanfl   May-16-05 04:57 PM   #2 
  - They should legalize pot for soldiers, too.They're dying soon anyway.  IanDB1   May-16-05 05:11 PM   #6 
  - This is so silly and such a waste of taxpayers money.  Kerrytravelers   May-16-05 05:06 PM   #3 
  - They can strap empty kegs to their Hummers since we won't buy them armor  IanDB1   May-16-05 05:09 PM   #5 
  - Why did you say that? Now I get an impression  DrDebug   May-16-05 05:14 PM   #8 
     - What are they going to crash into? They're in the desert.  IanDB1   May-16-05 05:40 PM   #15 
  - I would appreciate the gesture, if it didn't just seem like a ploy  ComerPerro   May-16-05 05:13 PM   #7 
  - OR  lwfern   May-16-05 05:14 PM   #9 
  - Maybe this is a ploy to get 19 year olds sh*t faced so they'll enlist. nt  Vinca   May-16-05 05:16 PM   #10 
  - Not a doubt in my mind!  0007   May-16-05 05:19 PM   #13 
  - gawds  Solly Mack   May-16-05 05:16 PM   #11 
  - if you fight, kill & die for the country, it should allow you to get drunk  kodi   May-16-05 05:18 PM   # 
  - if you fight, kill & die for the country, it should allow you to get drunk  kodi   May-16-05 05:18 PM   #12 
  - That is how the British built an army in the 19th Century. People were  applegrove   May-16-05 05:20 PM   #14 
  - Nice to see the beer lobby is alive and well in Wisconsin  xray s   May-16-05 05:43 PM   #16 
  - frankly the drinking age should be lowered to 19 FOR EVERYBODY  WI_DEM   May-16-05 05:43 PM   #17 

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