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House Committee opposes effort to lower drinking age

March 4, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A House committee is opposing a measure to lower the legal drinking age in New Hampshire and instead is recommending changing a law that applies to minors who are in cars with alcohol.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee did not support a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Dan Hynes, of Merrimack, who proposed allowing 20-year-olds to drink alcohol in private settings. Instead, the committee is recommending replacing the bill with language that would broaden the exceptions to a law that bars any driver under the age of 21 from transporting alcohol. Currently, minors can only transport alcohol if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse.

The amendment backed by the committee would add siblings over age 25, stepparents, grandparents and domestic partners to the list.

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