Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 22, 2014

Proposed 'Trudeau Bill' filed in Senate

By Maureen Hayden CNHI Statehouse Bureau
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Permissive parents who allow underage drinking in their homes could face arrest and prosecution under a proposed "social host" liability law.

Adults who allow minors to drink on property they own, rent or control would face jail time and fines in a bill filed by state Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon.

The proposed legislation mirrors the so-called "social host" liability laws in at least 28 other states, and goes beyond holding parents responsible for just providing alcohol to teens. The law would penalize adults for condoning teen drinking, even if those adults didn't buy or supply the booze.

Miller said the law, if passed, won't stop underage drinking, but it will give law enforcement a tool to prosecute parents and other adults who make it easy for teenagers to drink illegally.

"More importantly, it would send a strong message to teens as well as adults that irresponsible alcohol use should be discouraged," Miller said.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.