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Relating to the use of a biometric identity verification device to verify the age of an individual purchasing an alcoholic beverage.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2399 would provide that a person who sells alcohol to a minor does not commit an offense if the person relies on a verification by a biometric identity verification device as proof of identification and that the minor is 21 years of age or older.
Texas Action supports HB 2399 for promoting the principles of personal responsibility and limited government. This bill would help to ensure that alcohol sellers are not trapped into being convicted of a crime which they knowingly made an attempt to avoid committing by means of attempting to verify the age of the purchaser.