MADISON (AP) — No one under age 18 could drink in a bar even with their parents' consent under a bill headed for debate before the Wisconsin Senate.
Under current law, children of any age can drink in a bar if they're with their parents and the adult gives consent and the bartender is willing to serve them.
A state Senate committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would set the minimum age at 18. The current legal drinking age is 21. An identical bill in the Assembly remains in committee.
The measure must clear both houses and be signed by Gov. Jim Doyle before becoming law.
Supporters of changing the law include the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Police Chiefs, the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Public Health Association.