TRENTON – Acting Gov. Stephen Sweeney signed legislation to create a special state task force to look at the issue of underage drinking at New Jersey’s colleges and universities on Saturday.
The law creates the 22-member Task Force on Underage Drinking in Higher Education to study and develop recommendations to combat underage drinking at the state’s higher education institutions. Membership would include representatives from the state Commission on Higher Education and divisions of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Highway Traffic Safety and Addiction Services, as well as public members to include college administrators, faculty, law enforcement and students, and liquor store or bar owners, among others.
The task force is charged with releasing its findings within six months.
“Combating underage drinking is something that can’t be left to colleges or law enforcement alone, but that requires a comprehensive and inclusive approach,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). “The days of looking the other way and claiming it’s someone else’s fault are over. It’s time everyone gets on the same page to ensure more students don’t die from drinking too much.”
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