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State law could ban under 21 from entering liquor stores

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new liquor store ordinance in Memphis and one in the works for Jackson could serve as a model for state statute.

State Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, a Jackson Republican, said he is drafting a bill to present to the General Assembly in January. The proposal will be similar to an ordinance enacted by the Memphis City Council and one that passed first reading unanimously by the Jackson City Council.

The measures ban anyone under 21 from entering liquor stores without a parent, legal guardian or spouse.

Jackson liquor store owner Bob Lindsey told The Commercial Appeal the owners of all 12 liquor stores in the city support the Jackson measure (http://bit.ly/vepSjZ).

Lindsey said store owners see teenagers in liquor stores, pointing out to older friends what to buy for them.

 

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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