SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors was expected to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would fine and potentially jail parents who knowingly allow alcohol to be served to kids at their homes.
The proposed “Social Host Liability” ordinance would hold liable any person who owns, rents, or leases any private property that hosts an underage gathering, which is defined as the gathering of three or more persons under the age of 21.
A first violation would result in an administrative citation and fine of $750, while a second or subsequent violation would constitute a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, would be punishable by a fine of as much as $1,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail of not more than six months, or by both.
The proposed ordinance, however, would not make it a violation to furnish alcohol to a person less than 21 years of age if one is the parent or legal guardian of that person. “Legally-recognized” religious practices where wine is served to people under 21 years old would also be exempt.
Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that while most of the community supports the issue of keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors, opponents fear the ordinance could reach too far into the home.