- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a bill that would penalize people who knowingly allow underage drinking on property they control.

State law already makes it illegal to provide alcohol to anyone younger than 21. But Sen. Larry Lucas of Mission says a loophole in the law provides no penalty for those who allow underage drinking on their property but do not provide the alcohol.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to knowingly permit underage drinking on premises they own or rent. The maximum penalty would be one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for allowing drinking by those younger than 18. The maximum penalty would be 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for allowing drinking by those aged 18 to 20.

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