Everyone on their 20th birthday will have reached the "Age-of-Majority" or the age someone is considered an Adult and Emancipated under Federal Law. Everyone under 20 years old will be considered a minor under their guardian or parent's responsibility.
We want to make this law the 28th Amendment to the Constitution United States of America. That means we need to get 34 state legislatures to approve or ratify the law, as well as, congress ratification and signed by the President. So, we are going to need your HELP!
The "Age of Majority" and "Emancipation" are defined by Wikipedia as;
The "Age of Majority" is the threshold of Adulthood as it is conceptualized (and recognized or declared) in law. It is the chronological moment when minors cease to legally be considered children and assume control over their persons, actions, and decisions, thereby terminating the legal control and legal responsibilities of their parents or guardian over and for them. The word majority here refers to having greater years and being of full age; it is opposed to minority, the state of being a minor. The law in a given jurisdiction may never actually use the term "Age of Majority" and the term thereby refers to a collection of laws bestowing the status of adulthood.
Emancipation of Minors - is a legal mechanism by which a minor is freed from control by his or her parents or guardians are freed from any and all responsibility toward the child. In some cases, emancipation can be granted without due court granted when the minor is bound to make a decision for themselves in the absence of their parents, due to abandonment or death of parents.
Click here to Wikipedia for a complete breakdown of information about the current national and international "Age-Of-Majority" Laws.
Currently across the country there many different ages from 13 to 21 years old that people think they are an adult. Our teens can now travel across state lines going to college or going on vacation and they don't know the laws in that area and can get in trouble for ignorance. Most kids turn 18 in their senior year of high school and are naive and are taken advantage of by the pornography industry, the tobacco industry and the gambling industry. After thousands of hours of research the following are suggestions to be debated and defined. We have come a long way from the agrarian society and we have evolved into an intellectual society. Our laws need to evolve and there should be one legal age for all of the following laws, rules and regulations to be consistent and fair. Most people say the age of 18 years old is too young and 21 years old is too old. That leaves 19 years old and 20 years old, what do you think it should be?
Smoking Laws - Currently there are multiple ages to purchase tobacco in the United States and in New York State there are three different ages 18 years old, 19 years old & 21 years old. There are hundreds of studies proving that increasing the minimum age up from 18 years old would save thousands of lives over the years and we think someone should be 20 years old to purchase, carry or consume ANY type of tobacco or marijuana product anywhere in the United States of America. Cigars, cigarettes, joints, eatables, oils, pipes, dip, chew, snuff, e-cigarettes, rolling papers and all other paraphernalia.
Military Combat and Draft Laws - By federal law the minimum age for enlistment in the US Military is 17 years old with parental consent and 18 years old on your own. In October in 2008, the president signed the "Child Solders Protection Act" into law and it states that nobody under 18 years old should be able to be deployed into a military combat zone. Every man has to register for the Selective Service at 18 years old but can't be drafted until they are 20 or turning 20 years old under current rules. Due to the high rate of deaths of solders under 20 and a high rate of suicide, we think the age to be deployed into a military combat zone or register for the selective service should be 20 years old and it should apply to both men and women.
Alcohol Laws - Since the days of Prohibition the alcohol drinking age was 18 years old. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was passed on July 17, 1984 as a mechanism whereby all states would become thereafter required to legislate the age of 21 years as a minimum age for purchasing and publicly possessing alcoholic beverages or the state would lose 10% of Highway Funds. There are several studies stating that they believe the drinking age should be lowered to avoid binge drinking. We think the age should be lowered to 20 years old to coincide with the others and it keeps it out of teenagers hands.
Gun License Laws - Currently in the USA under the Safe Streets Act of 1968 the Age to purchase a handgun is 21 years old. We feel it should be 20 years old to obtain a license to purchase or own ANY type of weapon, firearm or ammunition. If you can go into a combat zone and fight for our country at 20 years old, then you should be able to purchase and own a firearm.
Pornography Laws - From the ages of 13-16 a child can see a PG-13 movie by themselves and when they turn 17, they can see a R-rated movie. When someone turns 18 years old they can purchase, rent and perform in an X-rated adult movie, in photos, in magazines, online or in an adult strip club legally. In all that is decent and good, this law should be increased to 20 years old.
Gambling Laws - The age to gamble across the country is 18 years old to play the lottery and bet on the horses however, you must be 21 to gamble in most casinos. We think someone should be 20 years old to make a bet on a horse or a dog, play the lottery, play scratch offs, play the fantasy leagues online or any type of online gaming involving money or credits.
Marriage/Civil Union Laws - Across America the laws to get married vary greatly and in New Hampshire the laws are one of the worst in the country. A girl can get married as young as 13 years old and a boy at 14 years old with parental permission. Everyone agrees that there should be a minimum age of 20 years old to get a Civil Union License which is a contract between two people requiring a prenuptial agreement. Once completed the couple can get married in a ceremony of their faith or choosing.
Driver's License Laws -Motor Vehicle Safety Laws and the insurance industry have stated they have studied our teenagers driving habits for decades and they believe that there should be a law a child can't get a permit until they are 16 years old. They should be able to obtain a conditional driver's license, one that lets someone drive to and from school or work, until they are 17 years old if they have had drivers education. Finally, they would receive their unrestricted license when they reach 20 years old.
Voting Laws - On July 1, 1971 the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted and states that the minimum age to vote was lowered from 21 to 18 years old. From first steps of democracy in Ancient Greece, men of the City State of Athens needed to be at least 20 years old to freely participate in the politics of the day and privilege to vote. We think to make an informed decision, someone should be at least 20 years old and we would have to amend the 26th Amendment to ratify it.
Juvenile Justice Laws - Currently across America most states have an age of 18 to be considered an adult in the court system, North Carolina and New York have an age of 16 years old. New York is in the process of raising the age. Due to the fact that the brain doesn't fully develop until the age of 20 years old or older, we need to make 20 the age to prosecute someone as an adult in the court system. District attorney's will have the option to place the charges in front of a grand jury to upgrade the charges to an adult crime in cases of murder, heinous crimes and violent offenses. Misdemeanors, Non-violent felonies and Drug charges would be handled in a "family court" with the records sealed.
School Age Laws - Each state has different laws requiring children to go to school and what age they consider is enough learning for these youths. In NYS a child can legally drop out of school on the last day of the school year after they turn 16 years old and can't be forced to school. We think every child should be mandated to finish High school and EVERYONE under 20 years old should be mandated to attend a state college, community college, trade school, internship or tech school for FREE! Those people that find themselves outside the mold will be offered training under a National Guard education and community service program.
Professional Sports Laws - There are over 10 major professional sports leagues with differing rules when someone is old enough to play or participate in and most of the leagues have separate female and male divisions. The NBA has been advocating for a 20 year old minimum drafting age/playing age and they're vocal about wanting the players to be mature both physically and mentally. We think that All PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Leagues should adopt the minimum age of 20 years old to play or participate in any manner, male or female. That would apply to the following; NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, FIFA, PGA, USTA, NSCAR, PBA, etc.
Child support Laws - In some states, child support laws stop when a child graduates high school which could be as young as, 16 years old and other states are 21. To be fair and consistent when a child becomes emancipated from their parents at the age of 20 years old, the child support would end, unless agreed upon in court for further years or until finished with college.
Abortion Laws and Reform - The Abortion laws vary from state to state on the age required to get an abortion with some states children can walk in a clinic and get an abortion on demand. We believe the age should be 20 years old to get an abortion without signed parental permission from at least one parent or guardian. The R/U 486 Pill would still be available and if a person doesn't want to notify her parents or guardian, then they can acquire a judicial bypass where a judge would hear her case.
Tattoo/Piercing Laws - In Idaho a child can obtain a tattoo at the age of 14 years old, with parental permission or consent. We think that is too young to permanently scar a teenager's body and think the minimum age nationally should be 20 years old.
Credit and Credit Card Laws - The 111th congress reformed the Banking Industry laws in 2009 with the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act. We feel that the age to obtain credit should be increased from 18 to 20 years old and we are for lowering the age to apply for a credit card from 21 to 20 years old.
Equal Rights Laws - Once someone reaches the "Age-of-Majority" of years old they will be treated equally in the eyes of the law and there shall no discrimination of anyone's Civil Rights, Equal Rights, Disability Rights or Human Rights based on Age, Race, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation or Sexual Preference..
State/Federal Licensing Laws - A person must be 20 years old to obtain ANY unconditional license (Real Estate License, Insurance License, Cosmetology License, etc.) A teenager will be able to take these test on a conditional basis and work for a business under an internship program until they reach the Age-of-Majority of 20 years old.