Following is some important information that the university and your student government want you to be aware of. Effective January 1st, a new law and some changes to existing laws go into effect that may have direct impact on university students. These laws were passed by the legislature of the State Of New Hampshire. For each law a direct URL to the final draft is included. These brief announcements are intended to alert you and do not include supporting text and explanation. On February 5th at 9 p.m., a special program with a local attorney, law enforcement and others will be held in the HUB Fireplace Lounge to provide more information on the laws, their enforcement, and special court updates/programs. Additional information will also be available in Residence Halls, around the campus, and check “my.plymouth” during January and February. Make sure to bring your questions to the program on the 5th.
Dean of Student Affairs
Internal Possession: HB 1433
This law establishes that a person under the age of 21 is guilty of a violation if he or she is intoxicated due to consumption of an alcoholic beverage (in the past, a minor generally had to be observed holding alcohol and/or drinking before a violation could be brought)
Procuring Alcohol Fine – SB 313
This bill increases the minimum fine for youth who misrepresent their age for the purpose of procuring alcohol, from $250 to $500 for a first offense and $500 to $1,000 for a second offense.
Drivers License Revocation for Alcohol or Controlled Substance Offense – HB 1460
This bill permits a court to revoke or deny a driver’s license for a person not yet 21 for any offense involving the sale, possession, use or abuse of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. Please note that this is ANY offense, not just motor vehicle related. Please refer to the specific law for more detail on the length of revocation/denial for various types of offenses.