Underage binge drinking. It's a familiar problem across the state and West Michigan. It can lead to alcohol poisoning and even death.
A lawmaker says he has a new way to help save lives. It's a new bill that's making its way through the capitol right now.
Police hand out what's called an MIP charge to kids who are drinking underage. It happens a lot, especially around college campuses.
But some lawmakers are worried that some kids are so afraid of getting charged, that they won't call 911 if a friend has drank too much.
If this new law passes, it wouldn't hold either of them legally responsible if they call for help.
A State House Committee unanimously passed the bill today that would exempt minors from prosecution if they or their friends called for medical help.
The bill's sponsored by State Representative Mark Meadows. He's a former mayor of East Lansing which is home to Michigan State University.
"We just had a death a couple of weeks ago, an alcohol related death, and we hope this is going to make a difference for young people," said Rep. Meadows.
He's been working on the legislation for a decade now.
Most of the students we spoke with say the bill has the ability to help keep kids alive.
"I've been put in that situation before and it's hard cause you don't want to get in trouble and you don't want to get them in trouble,' said GVSU student Katie Depompolo.
But some people also worry the proposed law could lead to more students binge drinking, thinking they can get away with it.
"I think students would by chance take advantage of it and would consider the fact that oh, hey, we're drinking lets all get messed up and maybe we won't get MIPs cause our friend's sick," said GVSU student Lucy Keller.
The bill now has to go the full House and Senate for a vote.
Alcohol Amnesty Bill for Minors
There's a new bill working its way through the state capitol that would not prosecute minors for underage drinking if they or their friends call 911 for medical help.
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