A “social host” ordinance imposing penalties on people who allow parties where minors drink or are served alcohol will go for an introduction and first reading when the Garden Grove City Council meets Tuesday night.
Termed an ordinance “establishing social host liability, the new law would expose violators to prosecution for a criminal misdemeanor and/or the issuance of an administrative citation.
The penalty or or amount of the fine is not specified in the proposed law.
It also includes exemptions for parents giving their child alcoholic beverages, legally protected religious activities, conduct controlled by state or federal law and situations in which the responsible person takes all reasonable steps to prevent the consumption of alcohol by persons under 21 at a party.
The ordinance has been promoted by local anti-drug and alcohol abuse groups, arguing that drinking and drunken behavior by minors contributes to a host of social problems and dangers, ranging from alcohol poisoning and addiction to fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Fights, excessive noise, vandalism and accidental injury are also tied to underage drinking.
Some parents allow teen guests to drink alcohol in their homes on the theory that “they’re going to drink anyway, so it’s safer if they drink here.”
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.