Senator Debbe Leftwich
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2008
Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Senator Leftwich Says “Social Hosting” Bill
Will Protect Oklahoma Minors
OKLAHOMA CITY- State Senator Debbe
D-Oklahoma City, said today a “social hosting” bill
she authored passed unanimously out of the Criminal Jurisprudence
Committee by a 12-0 vote and will now be heard by the full Senate. Senate
Bill 1530 holds the “host” of gatherings accountable
for the illegal consumption of alcohol and drugs by minors.
said this is a problem that needs to be addressed for the protection
of underage children.
are a couple of nationwide trends we are trying to curb with
this bill -- children with substance addictions and parents chaperoning
the parties of their teens,” Leftwich said. “This
bill will be an additional tool for law enforcement officials
to apply the law in protecting these minors.”
said those persons providing the location for underage drinkers
will be held accountable and issued a citation.
“Any time we can increase the responsibility and liability
of an adult provider to an underage minor, we are defending children’s
rights,” Leftwich said. “We hope the fear of a stiff
penalty will keep adults from contributing to minors. It is the
responsible and right thing to do.”
Offenders will be given misdemeanor citations for a first and
second offense and a felony citation for a third violation. Each
citation comes with monetary fines and possible incarceration.
A first time offender can be fined up to $500 and a second citation
would be a fine up to $2,500, while a third conviction is a fine
up to $5,000. First and second time offenders could be sentenced
to a year in jail and third-time offenders up to five.
She said there are provisions in the bill for people hosting
parties who have taken all reasonable steps to prevent consumption.
“This social hosting law will compliment other state laws
regarding the protection of our children and the consumption
of dangerous and illegal substances,” Leftwich said.
Leftwich said SB 1530 makes supplying low-point beer, the favorite
drink of teenagers consuming alcohol, to minors against the law.
SB 1530 is endorsed by the Governor’s Task Force on Underage
Drinking and the Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance.
Former Edmond Mayor Saundra Naifeh, who helped shepherd the
first municipal social hosting law in Oklahoma, has endorsed
the Leftwich bill. Naifeh, along with several other members of
the Governor’s Task Force on Underage Drinking, attended
the bill’s hearing in the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
Similar social hosting laws have been passed at the municipal level
in Oklahoma, including the communities of Edmond, Yukon, Tecumseh,
McAlester, Duncan, Elgin, Moore, Laverne, Owasso, Tulsa, Ponca City,
Shawnee, Mustang, Weatherford, Broken Arrow, Enid, Bixby, Midwest
City, Alva, Clinton, Buffalo and Elk City.
For more information contact:
Senator Leftwich's Office: (405) 521-5557