- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House has approved a bill that would allow underage drinkers to avoid charges if they call for medical help.

The vote Friday was 92-27. Supporters said the measure is intended to avoid preventable tragedies.

The Senate passed the measure last year, but the House Judiciary Committee made technical changes that senators must consider before the bill can go to Gov. Sam Brownback.

Underage drinkers would not be charged if they called law enforcement or emergency medical services for themselves or other drinkers. They also would have to cooperate and remain on the scene.

The Wichita Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1X8iV8f ) that Republican Rep. Tom Phillips of Manhattan says the bill is designed to prevent alcohol poisoning and deaths of college students.

Some opponents said the bill removes consequences for underage drinkers.

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This story has been corrected to show that House approval sends the bill back to the Senate, not to the governor.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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