AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 98

Alcohol: Minor Consuming/Local Option

Signed Into Law! Chapter 88 SLA 10
Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras
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Rep. Jay Ramras R-10
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Rep. Jay Ramras (R-10)
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Relating to minor consuming and repeat minor consuming; relating to penalties for violations of limitations on possessing, sending, shipping, transporting, or bringing alcoholic beverages to, soliciting or receiving orders for delivery of alcoholic beverages to, and the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, barter, traffic, or possession of alcoholic beverages in, a local option area; and providing for an effective date.

Posted: January 20, 2010 : v26-LS0051\R.A
Bill Version: SCS CSHB 98(FIN)
Status: Chapter 88 SLA 10 : 2010-06-16

HB 98 fixes a problem that occurred with the enactment of HB 359, a bill that passed the House unanimously in the 25th Legislative Session. HB 359 originated due to the desire of Alaskan youths to join the military and not being able to so due to probation restrictions from a minor consuming charge that may have occurred up to 5 years previously. Unfortunately, when the bill was drafted, it left a loop-hole in the repeat minor consuming law.

HB 98 fixes this loop-hole by referencing both suspended impositions of sentence under AS 04.16.050(b)(1) and a judgment of conviction under AS 04.16.050(b)(2).

This new language will now cover all repeat offenders, no matter how their previous minor consuming charges were adjudicated.

An amendment was added in the House Finance HB 98 to also fix an issue as it relates to bootlegging. The new language will bring bootlegging penalties in line with felony DUI penalties.

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