Caz: Social Host Law public hearing scheduled for March 1

A revised version of the proposed social host law is now available on the Village of Cazenovia Web site.

Several changes were made based on public input, Deputy Mayor Kurt Wheeler said.

"Suggesting" was removed from the definition of "knowingly" to eliminate some gray areas.

The number of people required for a "social gathering" was set at three.

Based on input from the district attorney, the requirement to seize alcohol was eliminated. The duty to notify law enforcement was also eliminated.

Wheeler said the board is encouraging people to read the law in advance of the 6:45 p.m. March 1 public hearing at the village municipal building -- he said a vote on the law at the March 1 meeting is likely.

For the full text of the proposed local law, visit villageofcazenovia.com

Core section of the proposed law

A. It shall be unlawful for any person aged 18 or older who owns, rents, or is otherwise in control of a residence or premises to knowingly permit the consumption of any alcohol or alcoholic beverage by any minor on such premises or to fail to take reasonable corrective action upon learning of the consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by any minor on such premises. Reasonable corrective action shall include, but not necessarily be limited to:

(1) Making a prompt demand that such minor refrain from further consumption of the alcoholic beverages upon the premises; or

(2) If such minor does not comply with such demand, by promptly reporting such underage consumption of alcohol to a parent or guardian of such minor, if the parent or guardian can be immediately identified and contacted.

B. The provisions of Subsection A of this section shall not apply to:

(1) The consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by a minor upon any premises regulated and licensed by the Liquor Authority of the State of New York, or within the residence of the minor's parent or guardian when that parent or guardian is present and has expressly permitted such consumption; and

(2) The use and consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by a minor as part of an established and generally recognized religious service or ceremony.

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