By NICK GERDA, Voice of OC
Orange County supervisors on Tuesday turned down a proposed law that would create new penalties for adults who allow underage drinking at home, after another round of emotional debate over the issue.
The “social host ordinance” was advocated by Supervisor Todd Spitzer, as well as numerous law enforcement officials and responsible drinking advocates.
It would have levied a $750 fine on people “in control” of a property who knowingly allow alcohol consumption by underage people at gatherings with at least three people. A second violation would be prosecuted as a misdemeanor.
But the proposal fell apart amid concerns about government overreach into the privacy of homes.
“If we think we’re going to stop all these tragedies by getting further and further into people’s homes and lives, you’re not,” Nelson said at last month’s board meeting.
(Click here to read background on the debate.)
While Spitzer updated the ordinance to state that it gives police no additional powers to enter homes, that apparently wasn’t enough to change the minds of his board colleagues.