(SD)-Goodwin Wants To Lower The Drinking Age For Military Personnel
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State Representative Tim Goodwin of Rapid City has introduced a bill lowering the drinking age for members of the military in South Dakota from 21 to 18.
Goodwin, a Republican and retired Army lieutenant colonel, says if someone is willing to fight and die for their country, they should be treated as an adult.
The bill would apply to all active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members who have a valid military ID card.
Current federal law, passed in 1984, says any state with a drinking age lower than 21 can lose 8Z% of its federal highway funding.
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