CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming police could get some direction from state lawmakers on how to deal with young people who are drinking alcohol and when it's proper to take young offenders to jail.
The Wyoming House of Representatives on Friday gave preliminary approval to two bills that would direct how law enforcement deals with offenders under the age of 21. Supporters say one bill would clarify the state law on underage drinking. It would specify that people under age 21 could drink in the presence of their parents, in church services or for medicinal reasons. The other bill would set standards for police officers to follow to determine whether they should take juvenile offenders to jail and if so, what type of facility would be appropriate.