Mesa, Ariz., police are proposing an ordinance that would make even unknowing parents accountable for underage drinking going on in their home.
KPHO-TV reports that the police department gave a presentation to a city public safety committee on a proposed “social host” law.
Under the ordinance, even an adult who didn’t know underage drinking had occurred could face anywhere from a $250 fine to being charged with a criminal misdemeanor.
Arizona state law requires police prove a host knew or should have known a minor was consuming alcohol in the home.
According to the Mesa Prevention Alliance, 20 percent of high school seniors reported that a parent or guardian gave them alcohol, a 5 percent jump from 2010.
The Mesa City Council will vote on the ordinance early next year.
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