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North Carolina Addresses Underage Consumption


The House gave final approval to legislation designed to reduce underage alcohol and tobacco sales through tougher rules on fake identifications.

The bill, approved by a vote of 112-3, would create a program that would allow stores to access state Division of Motor Vehicles records to check whether a driver's license has been altered. Private funds would be used to access the database, according to the Associated Press.

The legislation also would make it a misdemeanor if someone used a fake ID to enter a bar where alcohol is sold. Using a fake ID to buy alcohol is already against the law. Possessing or manufacturing a fake ID with criminal intent also would be against the law.

The State Senate, which approved a version in April, without the driver's license program, now must decide whether to accept the House version or form a committee with the House to reach a compromise.
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