Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Social Host Legislation Heads to House
The House of Representatives is the next stop for
a measure to help clamp down on underage drinking. On Monday,
the full Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Debbe
Leftwich which adds graduated penalties to the Oklahoma's
social host law.
The current statute only holds adults accountable
if a minor is injured or dies. Similar legislation was approved
by the Senate in 2008, but was not heard in the House. Senator
Leftwich thanked members on both sides of the aisle for supporting
"This is an issue that poses a threat to virtually
all Oklahoma teens, so I want to thank my fellow members on both
sides of the aisle for supporting this amendment, especially Senator
Clark Jolley who allowed me to attach this amendment to his own
legislation, Senate Bill 1146," said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma
Leftwich's amendment adds 3.2 beer to the current
social host law, along with graduated penalties for adults who
enable minors to drink alcohol. The first offense would be a misdemeanor
with a $500 fine and/or up to one year in county jail. A second
offense would be a misdemeanor with a $2,500 fine and/or up to
one year in county jail. A third or subsequent offense would be
a felony with a $5,000 fine and/or five years in prison.
"More than 52 communities across the state
have passed some type of social host ordinances, but many areas,
including rural communities and counties, are not covered,"
Leftwich said. "This gives us a uniform way of addressing
underage drinking and irresponsible adults."
For more information contact:
Sen. Leftwich's Office: 405-521-5557