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Governor Parnell Strengthens Alcohol Violation Laws

June 18, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell signed a package of legislation strengthening laws concerning alcohol-related crimes.

"Alcohol abuse continues to be a devastating problem in our state," Governor Parnell said. "These bills will give prosecutors additional tools to punish and hold accountable those convicted of alcohol-related crimes."

Senate Bill 194, sponsored by Senator Kevin Meyer, increases civil damages for purchasing alcohol for minors. The bill also encourages licensees to continue enforcement of underage drinking laws.

Senate Bill 239, also sponsored by Senator Meyer, relates to sentencing statutes on mandatory ignition interlock devices. SB 239 prohibits judges from suspending a mandate for an ignition interlock device as a condition of sentencing and clarifies that it is a violation to tamper with or avoid the use of an ignition interlock device.

The governor signed two bills affecting the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Senate Bill 261, sponsored by Senator Donny Olson, adds a rural seat to the board. Senate Bill 234, sponsored by Senator Meyer, extends the board to June 30, 2011.

House Bill 98, sponsored by Representative Jay Ramras, brings bootlegging penalties in line with those for DUI penalties and ensures that those convicted for repeat minor consuming will receive the appropriate penalties.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, sponsored by Senator Meyer, proclaims September 9, 2010, as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day to promote awareness of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol.

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