By Olivia Nicole
Alcoholic drinks have been the source of many controversial events in the history of the United States, for example the 18th amendment of the Constitution. The age has been equally controversial, with the states’ varying changes of legal age requirement to purchase and consume it. When creating bills for the Ohio YMCA Youth Conference, three young women decided they wanted to make a change. Their names are Emily Seidle, Belle Taylor, and Trinity Gonzalez.
Seidle’s bill was created to raise the drinking age to 25. “What inspired me to write this bill is that my mother is an drug and alcohol counselor,” said Seidle, “as well as the fact that I’ve lost many family members due to this kind of thing. Maybe others [won’t] have to experience it like I did.” Seidle’s bill died in committee, by one vote, on March 30th, 2017.
Taylor and Gonzalez shared the same interest for their opposing bill, which was for lowering the legal age of purchase and consumption alcohol. “I think [our bill] passed because 18, 19 and 20 year olds are still out drinking as well as the 21 and over,” said Taylor, “They think they are adults and they should be treated like adults, and saying 18 is too young, at the same time [they] will do it anyways.”
Seidle’s bill died in committee, by one vote, on March 30th, 2017. Taylor’s/Gonzalez’s bill was passed onto the Senate on March 31st, 2017. The idea of lowering the drinking age shows the development and progression since 1919.