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    North Carolina Addresses Underage Consumption

    Fake ID bill that would punish minors gets final approval in state house.

    RALEIGH, N.C.

    The House gave final approval to legislation designed to reduce underage alcohol and tobacco sales through tougher rules on fake identifications.

    The bill, approved by a vote of 112-3, would create a program that would allow stores to access state Division of Motor Vehicles records to check whether a driver's license has been altered. Private funds would be used to access the database, according to the Associated Press.

    The legislation also would make it a misdemeanor if someone used a fake ID to enter a bar where alcohol is sold. Using a fake ID to buy alcohol is already against the law. Possessing or manufacturing a fake ID with criminal intent also would be against the law.

    The State Senate, which approved a version in April, without the driver's license program, now must decide whether to accept the House version or form a committee with the House to reach a compromise.

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