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New law allows bars, liquor stores to sue underage customers using fake ID's

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new bill signed into law Thursday would let Wisconsin bars and liquor stores sue underage customers who use fake ID's to buy booze.  

Governor Scott Walker agreed to let retailers file small claims suits for up to $1,000 against 18 to 20-year-olds, or the parents or guardians of minors who try to buy alcohol.  

Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of Green Bay proposed the measure, patterned after Alaska's "Brown Jug Law" which he says has improved compliance dramatically.  

Jacque says liquor providers are liable for selling to underage customers -- so it's only fair to sue customers who use false pretenses to get their beer and booze.  

Critics feared entrapment on the part of alcohol sellers. In Alaska, those businesses often seek out of court settlements that generate to reward employees who catch the illegal drinkers.  

The bill was among 23 signed by Walker Thursday. Others provide limits on public access to open land at the Gogebic Taconite mining site, and give landlords more power over tenants.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)