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UNDERAGE DRINKING LIABILITY

In an effort to combat underage drinking, state legislators have enacted laws that assign responsibility to adults who allow minors to drink alcohol at social gatherings. Thirty-one states allow social hosts to be civilly liable for injuries or damages caused by underage drinkers. Thirty states and the Virgin Islands have criminal penalties for adults who host or permit parties with underage drinking to occur in the adults’ homes or in premises under the adults’ control.

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EMERGENCE OF BITCOIN LEGISBRIEF

LegisBrief Graphic Of the many options available for Internet transactions, Bitcoin is the most popular of available cryptocurrencies. However, Bitcoins are not insured by any entity, and are vulnerable to loss and theft by hackers. State and federal officials are seeking solutions to Bitcoin taxability and regulation.

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INTERNET GAMBLING AND LOTTERIES

New Jersey became the third state in the U.S. to authorize Internet gambling in February of this year. Nevada also enacted modifications to their Internet gambling law to allow for interstate compacts, among other provisions. Currently, Georgia and Illinois offer the sale of lottery tickets over the Internet. Review the 2014 state legislation here.

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NCSL collects information on the state role in interstate commerce including the regulation of alcohol, economic development, gambling and lotteries, job creation and trade.

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