HB 908 - Alcoholic bev; purchasing for per- sons under 21; increased penalties

First Reader Summary

A BILL to amend Code Section 3-3-23.1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the procedure and penalties upon violation of Code Section 3-3-23, relating to furnishing alcoholic beverages to, and purchase and possession of alcoholic beverages by, a person under 21 years of age, so as to provide for different and stronger penalties for a person convicted of knowingly acting as agent to purchase or acquire alcoholic beverages for or on behalf of a person under 21 years of age; and for other purposes.

Epps, Carl Von (131st) Stanley, Lanett (50th) Holland, Ray (157th)
Mobley, Barbara J (69th) Skipper, Jimmy (137th) Brown, Jeff (130th)
Status Summary HC: RBev SC: CAFF LA: 04/20/98 Signed by Governor
Page Numbers - 1/ 2
House Action Senate
3/6/97 Read 1st Time 2/4/98
3/7/97 Read 2nd Time 2/26/98
1/26* Favorably Reported 2/24/98
Committee Amend/Sub Sub
3/28/97 Recommitted
2/3/98 Read 3rd Time 3/16/98
2/3/98 Passed/Adopted 3/16/98
Comm/Floor Amend/Sub CS
3/19/98 Amend/Sub Agreed To
4/1/98 Sent to Governor
4/20/98 Signed by Governor
897 Act/Veto Number
7/1/98 Effective Date

HB 908                                              HB 908/AP 
 
      H. B. No. 908 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE) 
      By:  Representatives Epps of the 131st, Stanley of the 50th, 
      Holland of the 157th, Mobley of the 69th, Skipper of the 
      137th and others 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Code Section 3-3-23.1 of the Official Code of 
  1- 2  Georgia Annotated, relating to the procedure and penalties 
  1- 3  upon violation of Code Section 3-3-23, relating to 
  1- 4  furnishing alcoholic beverages to, and purchase and 
  1- 5  possession of alcoholic beverages by, a person under 21 
  1- 6  years of age, so as to provide for different and stronger 
  1- 7  penalties for a person convicted of knowingly acting as 
  1- 8  agent to purchase or acquire alcoholic beverages for or on 
  1- 9  behalf of a person under 21 years of age; to change the 
  1-10  penalties for underage purchase or possession of alcohol for 
  1-11  first and subsequent offenses; to provide an effective date; 
  1-12  to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 
 
  1-13       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1-14                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1-15  Code Section 3-3-23.1 of the Official Code of Georgia 
  1-16  Annotated, relating to the procedure and penalties upon 
  1-17  violation of Code Section 3-3-23, relating to furnishing 
  1-18  alcoholic beverages to, and purchase and possession of 
  1-19  alcoholic beverages by, a person under 21 years of age, is 
  1-20  amended by striking subsection (b) in its entirety and 
  1-21  inserting in lieu thereof the following: 
 
  1-22      "(b)(1) Any person convicted of violating any 
  1-23      prohibition contained in subsection (a) of Code Section 
  1-24      3-3-23 shall, upon the first conviction, be guilty of a 
  1-25      misdemeanor, except that any person convicted of 
  1-26      violating paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Code 
  1-27      Section 3-3-23 shall, upon the first conviction, be 
  1-28      guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by not 
  1-29      more than 30 days' six months' imprisonment or a fine of 
  1-30      not more than $300.00, or both and except that any 
  1-31      person convicted of violating paragraph (4) of 
  1-32      subsection (a) of Code Section 3-3-23 shall, upon the 
  1-33      first conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high 
  1-34      and aggravated nature. 
 
 
 
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  2- 1      (2) Any person convicted of violating any prohibition 
  2- 2      contained in subsection (a) of Code Section 3-3-23 
  2- 3      shall, upon the second or subsequent conviction, be 
  2- 4      guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, 
  2- 5      except that any person convicted of violating paragraph 
  2- 6      (2) of subsection (a) of Code Section 3-3-23 shall, upon 
  2- 7      the second or subsequent conviction, be guilty of a 
  2- 8      misdemeanor. 
 
  2- 9      (3) In addition to any other penalty provided for in 
  2-10      paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, the driver's 
  2-11      license of any person convicted of attempting to 
  2-12      purchase an alcoholic beverage in violation of paragraph 
  2-13      (2) of subsection (a) of Code Section 3-3-23 upon the 
  2-14      first conviction shall be suspended for six months and 
  2-15      upon the second or subsequent conviction shall be 
  2-16      suspended for one year." 
 
  2-17                           SECTION 2. 
 
  2-18  This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. 
 
  2-19                           SECTION 3. 
 
  2-20  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  2-21  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 05/04/98

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