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State/Nation

May 1, 2013

Bill on youth drinking sent to Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The Oklahoma Senate has passed a measure to encourage minors to call for help if they think someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City and Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid. Under the legislation, a minor couldn’t be charged with underage drinking if he or she calls for help and stays with a friend who may have consumed lethal amounts of alcohol.

Branan says he doesn’t condone underage drinking but he’s heard of several cases where minors are afraid to call 911 because they worry about being arrested for underage drinking.

The Senate passed the bill on a 46-0 vote Tuesday. The measure now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk.

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