The Town Council of Buckeye, Arizona has passed a multilevel Social Host Ordinance with penalties that range from civil violation and a $250 fine to criminal charges and over $2,500 in various fines.
The bad news is that the race to throw away our legal rights has been won by the Way Out West Coalition in order to prevent a trumped-up crisis of underage drinking. According to Jackee Coe’s article, Buckeye’s version of the Social Host Ordinance includes “a ‘host presumption’ provision” which states that “adults who ‘knew or should have known‘ about the alcohol but didn’t take appropriate steps to prevent it will be held accountable, even if they were not home at the time.”
The good news is that, according to Vice Mayor Brian McAchran, they plan to educate the public and to reassess the ordinance based on how effectively it reduces underage drinking parties. Let’s hope the citizens of Buckeye hold him to his promise.