The bill’s proponent Terrance Lynn has until April 26, 2016 to collect 365,880 signatures.
“This is about equal rights,” Lynn explained on his website. “18 year olds have nearly every burden and privilege of adults … except the right to drink alcohol. This is a misguided aberration from 1984 that should be corrected.”
However, the proposal isn’t as refreshing for some.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, a non-profit which has challenged the idea of raising the national drinking age, warns the measure could increase alcohol-related traffic accidents.
The organization also states that 25,000 lives have been saved since the drinking age was raised in the U.S. The proposal could have a huge impact on the state’s economy. According to Padilla’s website, the measure would increase state and local tax revenues possibly by several million dollars each year. It could also cause the state to lose $200 million in federal highway funds, according to the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance.