Friday, February 4, 2011

Tags on Beer Kegs Part of Strategy to Reduce Underage Drinking, February 2, 2011

"Michigan is the latest state to legislate 'keg tagging,' making it one of 32 states to implement this anti-underage drinking strategy.
'Keg tagging' requires that when kegs are sold, buyers must show identification and fill out a form writing in their names and addresses. The intent of the tagging law is to hold adults accountable for providing alcohol to minors. If law enforcement finds a tagged keg at a party where minors are drinking, they can track it back to the purchaser, who may then face civil or criminal penalties.
A law introduced by Michigan’s Sen. Alan Sanborn in 2009 and passed late last year, would subject a retailer to an administrative fine of not more than $50 for failing to attach an identification tag to a keg, intentionally failing to complete the required receipt, or failing to obtain the purchaser’s signature on the receipt. A person who was not licensed as a retailer or wholesaler by the commission and who removed the attached identification tag, allowed the removal of the tag from a keg he or she had purchased, and/or who provided false information in the purchase of a beer keg would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500, or both." Read More

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