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The state Senate is considering legislation that would ease penalties for underage drinking in Michigan.

A minor caught with alcohol for the first time would face a civil fine instead of a misdemeanor charge under the bill.

“It would be a good, hefty fine,” said bill sponsor state Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge).

“And I think that would cause most young people to not reoffend. The ones that do, the second offense then would go to misdemeanor.”