Bill would let minors in military drink, smoke

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

JUNEAU — Military members under the age of 21 would be allowed to legally drink and smoke under a bill introduced by an Alaska lawmaker.

Republican Rep. Bob Lynn says that neither he nor the bill advocates drinking or smoking as a general practice. But he says both support “equal treatment for adults and the de facto adults in America’s military.”

The legal drinking age in Alaska is 21. The legal smoking age is 19.

The bill, HB 210, has been referred to two House committees for consideration.

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