SC House advances proposed ban on energy drinks

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A ban on alcohol-laced energy drinks is a routine vote away from moving forward in the South Carolina Legislature.

The House on Wednesday voted 102-13 to outlaw drinks such as Joose and Four Loko, which has been nicknamed blackout in a can. The measure needs a routine final vote before going to the Senate.

Republican state Rep. Thad Viers of Myrtle Beach said the beverages are dangerous because people are more likely get drunk but feel sober enough to drive while using them.

Meanwhile, a House Judiciary panel approved a bill that loosens open-container liquor penalties for drivers. It would end suspension of driver's licenses for people convicted of having open liquor containers or drinks in their cars. Open container charges would still apply.

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