The social host ordinance that was expected to go into effect Nov. 13 was actually supposed to be set for Dec. 12.
City clerk Shari Moore said that the way an ordinance works is that it goes into effect “30 days after approval and publication.” She said someone mistakenly set the date as Nov. 13. The St. Paul City Council had passed it Oct. 14, thus not giving the ordinance the 30 days needed.
Under the new ordinance, those deemed a social host in a situation where there are underage drinkers could get a maximum penalty of $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. A violation of this ordinance is considered a misdemeanor.
Not just legal-age people will be considered hosts as underage people who host parties will he held to the same penalties.
John Hershey, neighborhood liaison for St. Thomas, said that the ordinance is to “help close the responsibility loophole in hosting parties and basically to hold people responsible who create the atmosphere for underage drinking and/or disruptive events.”
More details about the ordinance are available on the St. Paul city website.
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