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City may beef up keg party law


Hosting a keg party may soon become a much dicier proposition in Lawrence.

Lawrence city commissioners at their meeting tonight will consider beefing up a city ordinance that would allow local law enforcement to more easily charge hosts of keg parties with illegally serving underage drinkers.

Under current state law, to charge the host of a party with illegally serving a minor, local law enforcement must prove that the minor was an invited guest of the host. Proving that can be tricky.

A new ordinance, though, might help. City commissioners are being told they have the legal authority to create a local social hosting law that is tougher than the statewide law. Members of the city’s legal services staff have crafted an ordinance that would require the host to prove that any minor at the party was not an invited guest. In other words, the host would need to show some evidence that the minor was trespassing.

The ordinance also would require the host to take reasonable steps — such as checking a picture ID — if there’s a suspicion that a minor is trying to drink at a party.

The change in law has been lobbied for by the New Tradition Coalition, a local group that is working to reduce underage drinking in the community.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. at City Hall.


bigdave 9 years ago

Buy a keg go to prison thats the law!!!!!

zettapixel 9 years ago

How about a law banning thugs from robbing people at gunpoint at 2am?

RogueThrill 9 years ago

A law that requires you to prove a negative! Awesome!

laika 9 years ago

Sounds like a perversion of the burden of proof.

RogueThrill 9 years ago

^^^ someone took a logic course in school.

Evan Ridenour 9 years ago

This is a criminal action is it not? I am pretty sure the burden of proof can't be shifted to the defendant in a criminal action.

Might want to hire some better lawyers City of Lawrence.

Tristan Moody 9 years ago

Guilty until proven innocent. How can you prove you didn't invite somebody? This is a bad idea and legally questionable.

flyin_squirrel 9 years ago

So if your teenage son's friend is invited over to your house, and drinks your booze without your knowledge, you will have to prove you didn't invite him and carded him at the door...

RoeDapple 9 years ago

Dang! I thought this was about sandwiches and beer!

kusp8 9 years ago

What a joke! Haha. Can I now try and prove I wasn't speeding?

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