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New underage drinking law passed in Chaska

This new law passes Monday night by the City Council in Chaska makes the person or persons hosting a party liable, regardless of whether those persons are providing the alcohol or not. In doing so, Chaska becomes the first city in Minnesota to pass a bill like this.

There are a few small exceptions to the law, according to the Chaska Herald. They are parents giving their own children alcohol and no others, to observation of religious events, and when an underage person is legally allowed to possess alcohol in a work-related manner.

According to the Star Tribune, a violation is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.

The city of Chaska decided to go ahead with passing the law instead of waiting for Carver County to do so because there was concern from the City Council that it may never get passed by the county.