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Senate Approves New Underage Drinking Law

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Senate has approved a measure aimed at saving lives, but some are calling it a “get out of jail free” card for underage drinkers.

The bill involves cases when a person is thought to have suffered an alcohol overdose.

If a person calls 911 to report the possible overdose they will not be charged with public intoxication, possession of alcohol while underage, or for having an open container inside a car.

The bill also prevents state universities from disciplining students for code of conduct violations if they report cases of alcohol overdoses.