No opposition presented to a bill that would increase the penalty of an adult providing alcohol to a minor.
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No opposition presented to a bill that would increase the penalty of an adult providing alcohol to a minor.

Date: March 17, 2015
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau

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A mother whose child was killed in a drunk driving accident testified in favor of a bill that would increase the penalty of alcohol being provided to minors.
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Wrap: Nancy Elliott shared the story of the death of her only child to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Her teenage son Austin was riding in a car with a friend who had been drinking because two adults provided the driver alcohol.

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Description: "The two adults that went and bought this liquor for this child, our prosecutors, our law enforcement, they scrambled to come up with what they could to prosecute these men."

The bill would make it a felony for an adult to provide alcohol to minors.

The charge would be more severe if there was injury or death involved.

No immediate action was taken on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

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On a day celebrated by drinking green beer, one woman testified in support of a bill that would increase the penalty of providing alcohol to minors.
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Wrap: Nancy Elliott's only child, Austin, died in a drunk driving accident last May.

A friend of Austin's was driving and had been drinking.

The alcohol was provided by two adults who Elliott said law enforcement had had a hard time sentencing.

Elliott said there needs to be more of a punishment when death is involved.  

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Description: "I can go out and write a five hundred dollar bad check and get a felony. But they can go out and kill, and get a misdemeanor."

Two sheriff's from two different Missouri counties also testified in support and the committee took no immediate action on the bill.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

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A bill that would increase the punishment for adults who provide alcohol to minors was met with no opposition.
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Wrap: Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed testified in favor of a bill that would make it a felony to provide alcohol to a minor.

Reed said the bill would be a valuable tool to law enforcement and prosecutors throughout the state of Missouri.

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Description: "Our young people do not have the ability to drink responsibly. And without hurting themselves or others."

The sheriff from Douglas County and one woman whose son died from a drunk driving accident also testified in favor of the bill.

If an injury occurs relating to the minor drinking, then the charge would be increased.

No immediate action was taken on the bill.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.


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