Senator wants to increase fines for underage drinking
HARRISBURG — The sponsor of a new state law increasing maximum fines for underage drinking is seeking an additional financial penalty in next month’s legislative session. Senator Jake Corman (R-34th, State College) said he will resubmit his bill to allow municipalities that include all or part of a university or college to impose a $100 fee for alcohol-related offenses to help finance local prevention programs.
Corman sponsored a new law that will boost the maximum fine for underage drinking from $300 to $500 and double the fine for subsequent offenses to $1,000. The law takes effect on December 24th. Corman says the new law is designed to help college communities like State College pay for the cost of prosecuting drinking-related crime and to discourage underage drinking. (AP)