Parents Could Face Tougher Law For Allowing Booze

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A new bill may make it harder for parents to plead ignorance when their underage children are caught drinking at home.

Currently, state law says parents are responsible if they knowingly allow minors to consume alcohol in their homes. But police say it's easy for parents to escape conviction by saying they didn't know alcohol was being consumed.

But a bill now awaiting a vote from a Kansas House committee would change wording in state law to make it illegal to ``recklessly'' allow minors to drink alcohol in their homes. That means parents would no longer be able to say they didn't know about the booze.

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