New push to lower California drinking age to 18

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Friday, October 30, 2015
In this July 31, 2013 photo, beer is displayed for sale.
In this July 31, 2013 photo, beer is displayed for sale.
AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld, File

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- There's a push in California to lower the drinking age to 18. The Secretary of State's Office has cleared the way for Portola Valley resident Terry Lynn to begin collecting signatures for a possible ballot measure.

Lynn sees the effort as a civil rights issue, saying 18-year-olds are adults in the eyes of the law. They can vote and fight for their country but can't buy a beer.

If passed, California could lose federal highway funding under the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984.