Summary: H.R.3870 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (02/29/1984)

(Reported to House from the Committee on Energy and Commerce with amendment, H. Rept. 98-606)

Prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 if the beverage has traveled in interstate commerce or if the sale or offer of sale is made in an establishment which is in or affects interstate commerce.

Subjects violators to a maximum civil penalty of $5,000. Directs the Secretary of Commerce (the Secretary) to assess such penalty by an order made on the record after opportunity for a hearing in accordance with specified law. Prescribes due process procedures for assessing such penalties. Authorizes the Secretary to compromise or modify such penalties.

Authorizes judicial review for persons aggrieved by civil penalty assessments. Restricts petitions for such judicial review to a specified time period. Directs the Attorney General to recover penalties in arrears in a civil action in Federal district court.

Authorizes citizens' civil actions to enjoin alleged violators of the alcoholic beverage proscription under this statute.

Directs the Secretary to waive Federal enforcement of the sales prohibition if a State which has an effective law against such sales requests a waiver. Requires the Secretary to cancel such a waiver if at a later time it is found that the requesting State no longer has a law which effectively prohibits the sales proscribed under this Statute.