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MADD against WI bill lowering drinking age

Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill that would lower the drinking age in Wisconsin to 19. Mothers Against Drunk Driving quickly responded to the bill with strong opposition.

"We don't support anything that has any kind of acceptable loss of life, " Doug Scoles, Regional Director for MADD told NBC15 over the phone. MADD says the 21 minimum legal drinking age is best as studies have shown. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 500 more lives would be lost each year in the U.S. if the drinking age were lowered to 18.

Rep. Adam Jarchow (R- Balsam Lake) wrote the bill that began circulating on Wednesday. He hopes the bill could do many things, particularly help curb the binge drinking in young adults on college campuses. He believes Wisconsin has a problem with drinking in general, and sees opportunity in fixing it with this bill.

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