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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-05 04:54 PM
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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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