In Support of a Social Host Ordinance for San Antonio Op Ed
By Tom Marino for the Rivard Report, December 14, 2016
A Social Host Ordinance is a tool to assist law enforcement in combating underage drinking and social hosting by holding adults accountable who allow underage drinking to occur at parties. The ordinance would create civil penalties – not criminal charges – and deter illegal behavior among adults who are responsible for the safety of young people on their property.
Police Chief William McManus and Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4) presented the Social Host Accountability proposal in the Mayor’s Governance Committee on Aug. 17, 2016, and in the Criminal Justice Public Safety Committee on Sept. 7, 2016. In both hearings the measure was voted to move forward.
City Council will vote on the proposed Social Host Ordinance Thursday.
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