The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

August 7, 2013

Supervisors approve 'social host' ordinance

CENTERVILLE —

The Appanoose County supervisors has approved an ordinance designed to establish penalties for people who allow underaged drinking.

The “social host” ordinance passed its first reading and the board waived the second and third readings.

The ordinance reads in part: “The purpose of the ordinance is to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of twenty-one (21) and to prohibit gatherings where persons knowingly allow or permit the consumption of underage drinking of alcoholic beverages to occur on property they own or control.”

The ordinance establishes civil infractions for persons who knowingly allows underage drinking of alcoholic beverages to occur. The ordinance sets a $500 civil penalty for a social host’s first offense, a $750 civil penalty for a social host’s second offense and a $1,000 civil penalty for a third or subsequent offense.

A “social host” in part is defined as “any person, partnership, corporation or association of one or more individuals who aids, allows, entertains, organizes, supervises, controls or permits an event, gathering or party.”

Event, gathering or party is defined as “any group of three or more persons who have assembled or gathered together for a social occasion or other activity.”

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