House approves tougher penalties for fake IDs

House approves tougher penalties for fake IDs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has approved a bill that would punish people who use fake IDs to buy alcohol in bars by revoking their driver's licenses for a year.

Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, says he's sponsoring House Bill 129 because state law doesn't punish minors who sneak into bars severely enough.

Oda says kids often use a real ID that belongs to someone older to get into a club, leaving bars liable for thousands of dollars in fines.

Under Oda's bill, the minor would be liable for fines imposed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Anyone caught using a fake ID also would be charged with a class B misdemeanor on the first offense.

The bill passed unanimously on Wednesday. It will now be debated in the Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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