LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A Wisconsin Assembly committee has passed a bill that would allow pub or liquor store owners to sue anyone who buys alcohol illegally.

Under the legislation, people cited for underage drinking would have to pay retailers $1,000 in addition to fines for violating the law.

Lawmakers hope the bill would deter underage drinkers, citing success with a similar law in Alaska.

The La Crosse Area Tavern League has been pushing for this legislation for years.

The measure passed on a 9-to-zero vote Wednesday. The full Assembly will take it up this month.