Bill could ban alcohol on public beaches in Oregon

Salem, Ore. – A proposed bill would ban alcohol on public beaches in the state of Oregon.

House Bill 3441 would make it illegal to possess, consume or discard an alcoholic beverage a public beach, punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail, a $1,250 fine, or both.

Right now, drinking on Oregon beaches is allowed for anyone over the age of 21.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro), told KGW, “HB 3441 resulted from a request from a constituent, who’s spent years watching immense amounts of glass and alcoholic containers get scattered across our beaches. He brought the idea forward to my office.”

Rep. Sollman added, “As a mom, I want my kids to be able to be safe at the beach, and not have to worry about buried broken glass or other preventable hazards.”

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