GENESEO – The Village Board set aside a date at one of their meetings to open the issue of ‘Social Host Legislation’ to the public for discussion.
On Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. at the Village Building on Main Street, all are welcome to discuss a ‘three strikes’ local law proposed by the Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA) that hold adults criminally responsible for providing alcohol or drugs to minors, or maintaining premises where drugs or alcohol are served illegally.
“We see it as a deterrent,” said Rachel Pena of CASA and Healthy Communities that Care Coalition of Livingston County. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully passing this at the Village level will get the attention of Livingston County and we can get this passed county-wide.”
Pena pointed out that there is already a Social Host law passed in Steuben County, accessible here, which can be used as a template for the proposed law in Geneseo.The only difference would be in the name of the municipality in the heading.
Steuben County’s law says that anyone over age 16 who knowingly allows minors to gather and drink or use drugs can be fined and sent to local jail according to a three strikes policy.
First offenders get a $250 fine and up to 15 days in jail, second offenders get a $500 fine and 60 days’ jail time, and third time offenders get a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
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