Lowering the drinking age could be cost effective

Posted by on December 7th, 2017

In the 1980s, states decided to raise their drinking age to 21. Surprisingly, it wasn’t because of safety, public pressure, or even their own emotions. The main reason states raised the drinking age was because they risked losing 10% of their federal highway funds to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act (NMDAA). The Supreme Court […]

Voters in 3rd Hampshire District support lowering drinking age for beer, wine

Posted by on November 9th, 2016

Voters in Massachusetts support lowering in the drinking age!

Youth Rights Election Results

Posted by on November 9th, 2016

While the shocking upset for president is at the forefront of media coverage right now, there were several youth rights issues on the ballot yesterday that should not be forgotten. NYRA is very pleased to announce victories on a ballot measure in Berkeley, California to lower the voting age and a non-binding ballot question to […]

Voters in Amherst, Granby, Pelham to consider allowing 19-year-olds to buy beer, wine

Posted by on November 4th, 2016

AMHERST — In the legislative district that will soon be represented by 22-year-old Solomon Goldstein-Rose, voters Tuesday are being asked whether they support legislation that would allow 19-year-olds to buy beer and wine. It’s a nonbinding ballot question only in the 3rd Hampshire District and is the only public policy question on any ballot in […]

Some voters in Western Mass. will vote on whether to lower drinking age

Posted by on November 2nd, 2016

Should the drinking age be 19? Voters in part of Hampshire County won’t just decide whether to legalize marijuana when they cast their ballots Tuesday: They’ll also vote on the drinking age. Ballot Question No. 6 in Hampshire County’s Third District — Amherst, Pelham, and about half of Granby — asks voters whether their representative […]

Drinking Age on the Ballot in Massachusetts

Posted by on October 24th, 2016

I am a long time NYRA member and thanks to my petitioning efforts, next month in Amherst Massachusetts voters will be able to vote on whether or not the drinking age should be lowered to 19 for beer & wine. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was passed on July 17, 1984. It […]

Nonbinding referendum in Amherst, Pelham, Granby calls for lowering drinking age

Posted by on October 17th, 2016

Arguing that adults should be able to consume alcohol, a Washington, D.C., resident is responsible for a nonbinding referendum question on the Nov. 8 ballot in three towns that encourages the state Legislature to reduce the drinking age from 21 to 19. “I’m for lowering it because I believe it’s age discrimination against adults,” said […]

Bill would allow 18-year-olds to drink in N.H.

Posted by on January 5th, 2016

SEABROOK — A Seabrook state representative is seeking to allow limited underage drinking in New Hampshire under the supervision of an adult who is at least 22 years old. Max Abramson, R-Seabrook, filed House Bill 1606, which would allow 18- to 20-year-olds to drink anywhere as long as they were accompanied by someone older than […]

Proposed California Ballot Initiative That Would Lower Drinking Age to 18 Cleared to Collect Signatures

Posted by on November 12th, 2015

A proposed ballot initiative that would lower the minimum legal drinking age in the state from 21 to 18 has been cleared to begin collecting signatures, according to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. If it receives enough signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, voters will be able to decide whether 18- to- […]

Current drinking age unfair to today’s youth

Posted by on October 23rd, 2012

Kyle Gilbert was a soldier in the U.S. Army. He was not allowed to join his friends at a local bar for a goodbye drink before he was shipped off because he was only 20 years old. According to ABC News, Kyle was killed in Iraq almost nine years ago while serving for his country. […]

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