Registering Kegs To Reduce Underage Drinking
The House Finance Committee approved a bill that would require all purchased malt beverage kegs to have a unique encoded tag or label as a way to prevent or prosecute underage drinking cases. The tags would provide information about who bought or sold the keg. It could help police track down adults who buy beer for people who can't legally buy it themselves. Charlotte-Mecklenburg's police attorney has said the tag will serve as a reminder to adults to monitor closely whether young people are drinking at their parties. The American Civil Liberties Union said it is concerned that information collected by retailers about keg purchasers could be used by police to snoop around a buyer's neighborhood, even when there's no reason to suspect wrongdoing. The bill now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.