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Bill: Amnesty for intoxicated underage drinkers

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposed state law would give underage drinkers protection from prosecution if they call 911 because of a medical emergency.

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Winona State and Minnesota State University are among colleges across the country that have a similar policy on campus. DFL Rep. Tina Liebling is sponsoring legislation that would make it a state law.

University of Minnesota student body president Taylor Williams says a students' hesitation to call for help is a huge problem with a clear fix. But, Minnesota Sheriffs' Association director Jim Franklin says it could encourage underage drinking. The Star Tribune says Franklin supports an amendment that to be protected, a young person calling 911 must stick around until help arrives.

Winona State dean of students, Karen Johnson, says "the bottom line is the students' health and safety."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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