Bill giving leeway to underage drinkers considered

University of Wisconsin students and administrators are expected to testify in support of a measure designed to offer protection to underage drinkers who need emergency help.

The state Assembly’s colleges and universities committee has a hearing scheduled Thursday on the measure that has bipartisan support.

Known as the “Responsible Action Policy” proposal, it is designed to encourage young people to seek and obtain emergency assistance for themselves and others without fear of getting busted for underage drinking.

Under the bill, a student who seeks and obtains emergency assistance and cooperates with police would not be subject to serious disciplinary actions from the university or police for their own alcohol consumption.

Bill sponsors say there are nearly 200 campuses nationwide that have some form of the law in place.