Saying that allowing people under age 21 to go to nightclubs that serve alcohol is "a breeding ground for trouble," State Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Barrington, East Providence) has introduced a bill to stop the practice.
Hearn’s bill, house bill No. 7468, was scheduled to be debated Tuesday afternoon. Following that hearing, it was held for further study, which is often used by committees to kill a bill. For the text of the bill, see the attached PDF.
In Narragansett, Clam Jammers in Galilee came under fire after serving to people younger than 21 earlier this year. The bar accepted sanctions imposed on it by the town council in late March.
“I’ve introduced this bill before, but never has this been a more critical problem than it is today with all of the violence happening at our nightclubs," Hearn said in a press release.
Hearn noted the recent violence at a downtown Providence clubs, including an early-morning riot outside Level 2 reported on Easter Sunday by WPRI.com.
"The legal drinking age is 21 because that is an age when individuals are generally mature enough to handle the responsibility of alcohol," she said. "When you have underage individuals in an environment where there is alcohol being served, it’s just a breeding ground for trouble."
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