Social Host Ordinance Dies 06 Feb 13

A proposed “Social Host” ordinance for Brown County died on Tuesday for lack of support among Brown County Commissioners. Social Host ordinances hold adults legally responsible for underage parties involving alcohol consumption, either the property owner or person organizing the party. Around a hundred Minnesota cities and nearly 2-dozen counties have such ordinances in place, including several Brown County communities. A public hearing on the Brown County Social Host ordinance led to a packed room during Tuesday’s Brown County Board meeting, with several county residents speaking out against the ordinance over concerns of loss of personal freedom. Following over 30 minutes of debate, Commissioner Scott Windschitl made a motion to adopt the ordinance, but no one seconded the motion, so no vote was taken and the ordinance effectively died, for now.