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Corman bill signed last week by Corbett


Governor Corbett has signed into law a bill that increases the maximum fine for all public drunkenness violations and for second and subsequent underage drinking violations to $1,000.


The bill authored by Senator Jake Corman is aimed specifically at university towns such as Indiana.  Corman, whose district includes Penn State University, says underage drinking in the last ten years has increased dramatically, and his bill aims to curb drinking by teens and young adults.  But there is another aspect to the bill, and that involves the towns themselves, which frequently have to foot the bill for damage and costs associated with underage drinking. "This will hopefully provide a deterrent so that the individuals who are arrested for alcohol-related offenses will make better decisions the next time around," Corman said.  "Additionally, if higher fines are chosen, the municipality and tax payers will see relief in the cost they bear, this time paid by the actual violator, rather than through increased property taxes."

The bill Corbett signed last week increases the maximum fine limit for underage drinking violations from $500 on second and subsequent offenses.  The $300 fine for all public drunkenness violations hasn’t been changed since 1972. If adjusted for inflation, the fine would be $1,650.

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