Posted: Sep 22, 2011 8:38 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles City Council has deferred action on a bid to increase fines levied on businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to people under 21.
The American Press reports a vote on the issue is scheduled to take place on Oct. 19.
City Council President John Ieyoub (EYE'-yoob) - who sponsored the measure - said Wednesday city officials are still discussing the details of enhanced fines.
Reggie Landry, a member of the city's Alcohol Review Board, says a $100 dollar fine does not phase a business that sells $4,000 worth of merchandise.
He said during one investigation, a single store sold to minors twice within in a one-hour period.