What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
Knowingly. Purposely. And.
These are the three little words that make the difference between a good Social Host Ordinance and a bad one. Hooray for Missoula!
We agree with the editors of The Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Montana that the current version of the proposed Social Host Ordinance protects the rights of the innocent while giving law enforcement a chance to arrest adults who break the law. In this version, it says, an adult is liable who “knowingly or purposely facilitates or encourages an underage person in possessing, consuming or having consumed an alcoholic beverage on a premises within the City and fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the consumption or possession by the underage person.”
To learn more:
Punish adults who allow underage drinking: Proposed ‘social host’ ordinance fines grownups who host parties – The Missoulian – March 27, 2011 – EDITORIAL BOARD: Publisher Stacey Mueller, Editor Sherry Devlin, Opinion Editor Tyler Christensen, Sales and Marketing Director Jim McGowan