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Chaska city council passes new law regarding party hosts

The Chaska city council finally was able to pass a new law that makes party hosts liable for underage drinking at their homes, even if they didn't provide the alcohol. The law can have possible penalties of up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Parents/hosts do have to be knowingly providing the venue for the party to be in violation, as there were concerns that parents could be punsihed if they were out of town and their children threw a party without them knowing. The council had tried to pass the law in the past but was unable to get it passed by the County.

As County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik said, underage drinking is a "cultural thing" and it will continue to occur despite this law, but the hopes are that parents will be more observant about these parties where underage drinking does occur and will try harder to prevent it.

Story @: http://www.startribune.com/west/story/1415671.html