Chaska Social Host Law
According to the Star Tribune, the city of Chaska is now able to punish those persons who provide a venue to underage drinkers, even if they did not provide the alcohol. This is the first to be passed in Minnesota, but it is thought that Carver County may follow suit.
Chaska's city council voted and unanimously passed the Social Host Ordinance Monday night despite knowing the county was considering the same law. Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik isn't sure the social host law could pass in the entire county because of certain behaviors that are acceptable in rural areas.
The Chaska Herald reported that the parents and police present at the meeting seemed to be very much in favor of the new law. Most see it as another way to protect teens by keeping their parents from giving them alcohol.
The law does have some exceptions including those parties held at houses without the parents or landowners knowledge and certain religious holidays and celebrations.