Sen. proposes CARD ‘EM bill in honor of Madison Brooks

Louisiana Sen. Beth Mizell

Following the death of LSU student Madison Brooks, Louisiana Sen. Beth Mizell introduced the CARD ‘EM Act (Create Alcohol Responsibility & Deterrence).

According to Mizell, the bill would synchronize Louisiana with the rest of the United States and ban anyone under the age of 21 from entering bars.

Brooks, a 19-year-old college sophomore, died after being hit by a vehicle on Burbank Drive on Jan. 15.

Four individuals were charged in connection with her death. Kaivon Washington, 18, was charged with third-degree rape. Casen Carver, 18, and Everett Lee, 27, have been booked and charged with principle to third-degree rape. A 17-year-old was also charged with third-degree rape.

According to the arrest warrant, Brooks had THC in her system, and a blood alcohol concentration of .319, which is considered alcohol poisoning.

Brooks and the suspects in her case had all been served alcohol at Reggie’s in Tigerland before her death. The bar had its state alcohol permit suspended on Jan. 24 following Brooks’ death.

In February, Reggie’s opted to remain closed after postponing an emergency hearing with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tabacco Control regarding their liquor license.

“It’s time for Louisiana to join the rest of the country and prohibit anyone under 21 from entering a bar,” Mizell said. “Opponents may repeat the trite argument that ‘if you’re old enough to serve in the military, then you’re old enough to go into a bar,’ but this is irrelevant. We all love and respect our military, but the ability to join our armed services has no bearing on this debate. “

Mizell said she believes that raising the age limit for entering bars will help to prevent underage drinking and make it more difficult for young adults to obtain alcohol.

“Madison’s death was a tragedy that never should have happened,” she said. “Everyone involved in this senseless act of violence was under 21 and should have been nowhere near the bar – we cannot allow this to happen again. We need to take strong action to prevent underage drinking and ensure that young adults in our community are safe. The CARD “‘EM Act is a common-sense step that will help to prevent harm and save lives.”

Brooks’ mother, Ashley Baustert, said she fully supports Mizell’s proposal.

“If Maddy wouldn’t have been there (Reggie’s), none of this would’ve happened in the first place,” she said. “I hope this passes so another family won’t have to go through this.”

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