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Parents now to be fined $1K for allowing minors to drink alcohol By Haidee V. Eugenio Reporter Parents, guardians, and other adults who are caught allowing minors-or those under 21 years old-to drink alcoholic beverages now also face a fine of up to $1,000 as part of a new law that provides much stiffer penalties to business establishments, individuals, minors, and others related to the sale and consumption of alcohol involving minors. Public Law 17-83, signed by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial on Sept. 23, makes massive changes to existing statutes on alcohol sale and consumption involving minors. The CNMI's drinking age is still 21. “Any parent, guardian, or other person having the lawful custody, permanent or temporary, of any minor who suffers or permits or lets, either willfully or negligently, such persons under the age of 21 to violate the provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than $1,000,” the new law states. The new law also changes the format of driver's licenses and municipal IDs issued to persons under 21 years old, to add the phrase in red printing, “UNDER 21 UNTIL” the date given on the right of the picture, as added deterrent to selling alcohol to minors and underage drinking. Rep. Edmund Villagomez (Cov-Saipan), author of the bill, said on Friday that this is one of the pieces of legislation that failed to pass in previous legislatures and he's relieved it finally became law. “Although it took a while, I am relieved that it at least made it before the end of this Legislature. Underage drinking is one issue that we are facing in the community that different agencies and organizations are working together to address. It's good to know that the Legislature has done its part,” Villagomez told Saipan Tribune. Villagomez, who is seeking re-election, introduced the bill in February 2010. It bounced back and forth between the

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