By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News
A bill introduced this week by Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Glocester, Smithfield) would make it legal for people ages 18-21 with a valid military identification to drink alcohol in Rhode Island.
Winfield told WPRO Friday that the law would be specific to combat veterans, but the legislation itself says anyone 18-21 who “presents a valid and current military identification evidencing that the person is serving in a branch of the uniformed military” can purchase alcohol legally. The summary of the bill says it applied to people ages 18-21 who are “currently serving” in the armed forces.
Winfield said he submitted the bill per request of a constituent. When asked if he agreed with the bill personally, he said, “I work for the people in my district.”
Winfield did not offer any further comment on the bill, which has been referred to House Corporations. Representatives Raymond Hull (D-Providence) and Raymond Gallison (D-Bristol, Portsmouth) are co-sponsors of the bill.
UPDATE: The bill will be heard by House Corporations on Wednesday, March 6 in Room 203 at the Rise of the House.