Underage drinkers could get second chance

Posted at 8:46 AM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 08:46:43-05

A bill that would lessen the penalty for underage drinking in Michigan is on its way to Governor Snyder's desk, after passing in the State House on Tuesday.

Under the legislation, the first "minor in possession of alcohol" offense would become a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor charge.

The civil infraction would be punishable by a $100 fine.

Republican Senator Rick Jones introduced the bill. He says a young persons mistake shouldn't give them a permanent criminal record.