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HB70 - Age of majority, lowered to 18 years, to retain the age limitation for tobacco sales, Secs. 26-1-1, 13A-12-3
Sponsor(s): Rep. Poole
Synopsis: Under limited circumstances, this bill purports to lower the age of legal majority from 19 to 18. Unfortunately, these circumstances are limited: unless the 18-year-old is honorably discharged from the military, he or she cannot purchase a vehicle because he or she cannot enter into a contract to borrow money (which is usually required to purchase a vehicle). It is unclear whether this bill would apply to the “rent-to-own” of household furnishings. It does not remove the requirement for parental permission for an 18-year-old to have an abortion.
League Action and Justification: Monitor.The whole area of the law dealing with 18-21-year-olds is confusing and this bill adds to the confusion. We do not have a clear picture of what “adult responsibilities” are and at what age they should be assumed. While the league did support allowing 18-year-olds to vote on the grounds that many of them assume adult responsibilities (like military service), we do not have a clear position on an absolute age of majority.
Bill Progress in Legislature: 02/07/2017: First Read and assigned to House Judiciary Committee (JUD)