The Alaska House passed a bill Sunday that rewrites penalties for minor alcohol consumption and restructures the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board as part of a broader effort to overhaul the state's alcohol laws. Senate Bill 165 , sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, also requires background checks for anyone applying for a license to start a marijuana business.
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and chair of the Judiciary Committee speaking to the House in February. SB 165 , sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, deals primarily with reforming the rules around alcohol consumption for minors and adults younger than 21. The bill changes the Minor Consuming Alcohol violation under Title 4, making it a $500 penalty, similar to a parking ticket.
The Alaska Senate passed Senate Bill 1, the "Take it Outside Act," sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, the bill that would restrict smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace statewide, and is now making its way through the House of Representatives. The bill's advocates are taking the passage as a good sign.